COTC/Ohio State Newark Appoint First Chief Diversity Officer/DEI Director

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Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark announce the appointment of Brianna Davis Johnson, PhD, as the institutions’ first chief diversity officer/diversity, equity and inclusion director. The new position is shared by the two institutions and will report directly to the COTC president and the Ohio State Newark dean and director. Johnson assumed her role on Jan. 3.


Book Signing with Local Author

Dan Long Jr. with his first book, The Conflict Within: The Second American Civil War.

Utica resident and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) alumnus Dan Long Jr. is the author of two fiction books. The first, The Conflict Within: The Second American Civil War, was released in 2017 for young adults. The second, The Season of Change, was released earlier this year. He will hold a book signing for both books on Jan. 10, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on the college’s Newark campus.


COTC Honors Mark Ramser with Legends of Loyalty Award

President Berry and Mark Ramser (with glasses) in suits and ties standing in front of a doorway

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recognized Mount Vernon resident Mark Ramser with the college’s Legends of Loyalty award during a recent Knox Campus Town Hall and presidential reception celebrating COTC’s 50th Anniversary. The Legends of Loyalty award, the highest honor bestowed by the college, was established in 2011 to recognize individuals who have impacted the college through their selfless service and unwavering support.


She Was Looking for a Fresh Start

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When Elom Kouko left her native country, the Togolese Republic in West Africa, to live near family in central Ohio, she was looking forward to a fresh start.


COTC Knox Campus Town Hall and 50th Anniversary Reception

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) invites all members of the Knox County community to join COTC President John M. Berry, PhD, at the college’s second annual Knox Campus Town Hall, followed by a presidential reception to celebrate COTC’s 50th anniversary.


COTC Accepting Nominations for Alumni Awards

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is accepting nominations for three alumni awards: the Outstanding Alumni Award, the Transitions Alumni Award and the John C. “Jay” Barker Community Service Alumni Award.


Enroll this Fall in COTC’s Accelerated Courses

There’s still time to enroll at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) this fall. Registration is open for the college’s second-term accelerated courses, which start Oct. 18. Accelerated classes allow students to earn the same college credit as full-length semester courses in half the time.


Learn about COTC’s Digital Media Design Program at Upcoming Virtual Visit

Design your future in Central Ohio Technical College’s (COTC) digital media design (DMD) technology program.  Learn more about degree and certificate options in DMD at an upcoming virtual visit on Nov. 2, from 6 – 7 p.m. that will feature a faculty meet and greet, showcase student work and allow future students to ask questions.


Free Community Book Club and Discussion with Author

Featuring Playing Indian by Philip J. Deloria

Book Cover Image with title Playing Indian. Clouds in background with image of Native American wearing a feather headdress at forefront.

Members of the community are invited to participate in One Book, One Community, a free community book club hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) in partnership with the public library systems of Licking County. This year’s book selection is Playing Indian by Philip J. Deloria. A virtual discussion with the author will be held on Monday, October 11, at 3 p.m. 


COTC Joins Achieving the Dream Network

Strengthen Student Success, Address Equity Challenges

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) has joined the 2021 cohort of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) Network, a coalition of more than 300 colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia dedicated to improving student success.