COTC Removes Barriers to Summer and Fall Enrollment


​Moves to test-optional admissions

NEWARK, Ohio, April 2, 2020 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is eliminating enrollment barriers for community members who want to get onto a career path now. The college has temporarily modified its admissions policy to “test optional” through autumn 2020 to allow all who want to take advantage of COTC’s career training and upskilling opportunities to enroll without delay. With American College Testing (ACT) test dates postponed and Accuplacer tests currently unavailable online, the college’s test-optional policy will allow students to still apply and be admitted for upcoming semesters.

“COTC is here to help students in any way we can,” said COTC Provost Eric A. Heiser, PhD. “Access to career training is critically important for our communities, and changing to a test-optional policy will allow students to complete the application process and register for classes.”

College officials will use multiple measures in assessing a student’s transcripts to determine course placement. Once normal operations and testing resume, students can, without penalty, change their course placements if needed. COTC is offering all classes remotely until further notice due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Applicants to COTC healthcare programs will still need to complete the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). TEAS tests will be given virtually; students in these programs should reach out to their academic advisor for additional information.

Current high school or middle school students must have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) to enroll in College Credit Plus classes.

COTC is accepting applications for summer semester 2020, which begins on May 11, and autumn semester 2020, which begins on August 25. Learn more at To speak with an admissions counselor, email to or call any of COTC’s four campus locations:

Newark: 740.366.9222
Coshocton: 740.622.1408
Knox: 740.392.2526
Pataskala: 740.755.7090

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 has four campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.