Military and Veteran Students


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COTC greatly values each and every service member — both past and present — for serving our country. We welcome you to continue your studies at COTC and are dedicated to providing a quality educational experience that will prepare you to enter a rewarding career.

As you begin to consider your educational options, we would like to give you some insight into our admissions requirements and use of your military education benefits. Here’s how to get started.

Contact us

​Charlene Ross
Academic Advisor
Military and Veteran Resource Coordinator
Student Veterans and Military Point of Contact

Mark Rose
COTC School Certifying Official
Student Financial Services

Misty Amacher
Assistant Director, Student Financial Services
School Certifying Official
VA Education Benefits

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Resume Workshops

Set your resume up for success! Mark Pellegrino from Ohio Means Jobs helps you put your military skills into a resume that will land you a new career or upgrade your current position.

All workshops are held in the veteran’s lounge (Warner 205E). Bring your military transcript.

Thursday, May 23 from 9 a.m.–noon


Wednesday, June 26 from noon–3 p.m.


Wednesday, July 17 from noon–3 p.m.


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Whether you are still active in the military or have already transitioned to the civilian world: COTC is here to help you invest in your chosen path. With over 50 degrees and certificates, affordable tuition and free campus resources, we are here to support you all the way. Thank you for your service; we look forward to serving you.

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Military, Veteran and Dependent Educational Benefits

There are several federal and state of Ohio VA Education Benefits available for COTC students depending on military branch and length of service. The COTC veteran and military team are here to help you determine the best option available for you based on your current military status, career and future education goals.

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Air Force GEM Program

Central Ohio Technical College is a proud partner in the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) General Education Mobile (GEM) program. As part of the GEM program, COTC offers general education courses to active duty airmen and guardians who are pursuing their associate degree through the CCAF.

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Veterans Lounge

Visit our new veterans lounge in Warner Center 205E. The lounge is open during regular building hours, typically 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday during the semester. The space is open to all student veterans, current military and their families, but requires a code. Contact Stephanie Rowland in the Office of Student Life for details.

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COTC Veteran Student Stories

Whether military and Veteran students are pursuing a new career, advancing a current career, or simply want to expand upon their education, they have found great success at COTC. Read about some of the experiences our military and student Veterans are pursuing.