Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will celebrate the grand reopening of its Pataskala campus with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, August 27 at 9 a.m.
Following the ceremony, attendees are invited inside to see the result of a $4.2 million renovation that includes all new classrooms and labs equipped with the latest instructional technology. COTC’s Pataskala campus is located at 8660 E. Broad Street.
“The Pataskala campus has been transformed into a modern learning facility that will help students discover their full potential and realize personal and career success,” said COTC President John M. Berry, PhD. “With this renovation, COTC has expanded associate degree and certificate offerings in Pataskala, making them more accessible to students in western Licking County as well as neighboring Franklin and Fairfield counties who want to start or advance their career or move confidently into a bachelor’s degree.”
COTC began offering classes in the 16,000-square-foot Pataskala facility in 2010, and renovations to the former banquet hall began in 2020. Utilizing $3.2 million in state funding and $1 million of COTC reserve funds, the upgrades include a new nursing and allied health skills lab, science and computer labs, a digital media lab, classroom and academic support spaces, student collaboration spaces, a testing center, and the installation of new heating, ventilation, air conditioning and fire suppression systems. Operations resumed in the renovated building this summer.
Classes at the Pataskala campus will return on August 25 at the start of autumn semester. New students can enroll until August 18. Following the renovation, COTC now offers more associate degrees and certificates in their entirety at the Pataskala campus with additional programming forthcoming. In addition to general education courses, students can complete the following programs:
• LPN-to-Associate Degree Nursing (RN) — This program begins in January; program application deadline is October 1.
Regular admission to a degree or certificate program is open to all who have earned a high school diploma, completed homeschooling at the secondary level or passed the General Education Development (GED) test. COTC may also grant prior-learning credit for certain life and career experiences. Students who enroll for a minimum of six credit hours per semester in a degree or certificate program will be eligible for scholarships.
COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.