Registration Open for Blue Line Twilight Run 5K/10K at COTC

Supports Fallen Officer and Sheriff's Backpack Funds

Registration is now open for the second annual Blue Line Twilight Run 5K and 10K, which will be held in person on Saturday, May 1, 7 p.m., at Rotary Park, adjacent to the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Newark campus. The event will kick-off at 6 p.m. with a free half-mile Kids Fun Run for youth 10 and younger. Online registration is available at through Wednesday, April 28.


COTC Offers Accelerated 8-week Courses Beginning March 8

Associate Degree or Transfer Friendly

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is adapting to meet students’ current needs by offering a selection of general education courses during the second term of its spring semester in an accelerated format (eight weeks versus 15 weeks).


COTC Recognizes Three Alumni with College Awards

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Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) presented three alumni awards in a virtual holiday reception on December 8. This year’s alumni award recipients have one thing in common: a knack for helping the next generation. 


COTC Dean Receives National Leadership Award

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Sandra Walker, EJD, MSN, RN, dean for technical studies at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), was presented the 2020 Bobbie Anderson Leadership Award by the Foundation of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) in a virtual award ceremony on November 12. 


COTC Awards Shawn Dugan for Community Service

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As a single father, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) student Shawn Dugan leads by example – an example that has shown service to the community is both noticed and rewarded. Dugan, of Saint Louisville, is the recipient of the J. Gilbert Reese Next Generation Community Leadership Award and a $2,000 scholarship for spring semester 2021.


New Diversity Scholarship Established at Central Ohio Technical College

Donations Matched Up To $25,000

 Eleanor Jackson was an African American small business owner with a big heart who worked tirelessly to make many local families’ and community events memorable. She touched her clients’ hearts with her gregarious personality and filled their stomachs with delectable cuisine from her catering company. Now friends of Jackson wish to support the next generation of students of color to achieve meaningful careers in service with the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Diversity Scholarship. 


COTC Nursing Instructor Receives National Educator Award

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Percella Gualtieri, of Newark, began teaching in the nursing program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) in January, but already she’s receiving accolades from her peers nationwide. On November 12, the Foundation of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) bestowed the 2020 Elsevier Educator of the Year Award to Gualtieri in a virtual award ceremony.


New Emergency Fund Established for Veteran and Military Students at COTC and Ohio State Newark

On this Veterans Day, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark announce a new fund to support veterans, active duty service members and reservists who encounter an unexpected financial hardship that threatens their academic progress. The co-located institutions are seeking the community’s help to grow the Veterans Emergency Fund and help military-affiliated students enrolled at both institutions overcome financial crises to successfully complete their degree.


A Career to Build

COTC radiologic science technology alumna Mara Weber made her own path.

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Mara Weber began a traditional four-year degree at The Ohio State University at Newark but realized it wasn’t the right path for her. She wanted to get a degree quicker allowing her to get into the healthcare setting and begin making a difference. Being at Ohio State Newark, the co-located campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), gave her an advantage.


Ohio State Newark/COTC Student Food Pantry Use Soars During Pandemic

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Jamie White already knew that many college students struggle with not having enough food. White, who coordinates the Campus Corner: Student Food Pantry at The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), noted that a year ago 47% of campus students surveyed stated that at some point in the semester the food they bought just didn’t last and that they didn’t have money to buy more.


COTC Awarded $99,000 from Facebook to Enhance Remote Learning

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), a leader in career-based technical education and transfer degrees, is once again expanding critically needed access to higher education for central Ohioans. The two-year college has been awarded $99,000 from Facebook to create a one-button digital studio and smart classroom at its Newark campus and complementary smart classrooms at its three extended campus locations in Coshocton, Mount Vernon and Pataskala.


COTC Announces Remote, Hybrid and Online Options for Spring Semester

Registration Open Now

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will continue offering most classes remotely during its spring semester due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To support student success, the two-year college will offer more flexibility for students to choose which type of remote class best suits their learning style and life situation.


A Dream in the Night

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Just a few years ago, information technology (IT) student Kennard Haynie Jr., known as KJ, would lay his head down at night in his Baltimore, Maryland, home thinking that higher education would always be just a dream for him.