2020-2021 Renovation

Map of the Pataskala Campus

The COTC Pataskala campus at 8660 E. Broad St. will re-open for classes in autumn 2021 after a $4.2 million renovation that will bring convenient, in-demand and affordable education leading to a career or bachelor’s degree to more central Ohio residents.

Present operating guidelines:

  • All classes, advising, scheduling and other operations that would be held at the campus once face-to-face operations resume will be temporarily relocated to the COTC Pataskala Annex in the Pataskala City Administration building at 621 W. Broad St., Pataskala 43062, 4.3 miles east on State Rt. 16/E. Broad St.
  • Students may use the computer lab at the COTC Pataskala Annex, room 2F, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lab courses, when meeting in person, will be held at area high schools – consult myCOTC or your academic advisor for complete details.
  • Student parking is available behind the COTC Pataskala Annex

The renovation will enable COTC to expand academic offerings in the high-demand fields of nursing and information technology, among possible others. The renovated facility’s increased capacity will allow more students convenient access to COTC’s affordable associate degrees and certificates and help local employers fill demand for skilled workers.

The renovation, which began in May 2020, utilized $3.2 million in state funding and $1 million of COTC reserve funds. The project included a complete renovation of 16,000 square feet of the building’s interior, creating a new nursing and allied health skills lab, science and computer labs, classroom and academic support spaces, student collaboration spaces, testing center, and the installation of new heating, ventilation, air conditioning and fire suppression systems. COTC anticipates resuming operations at the facility in late June to prepare for autumn semester.

Future Effects

The college is already planning additional programs students can complete at the campus. With the developing presence of nearby large-scale operations, including Amazon, Facebook and Google, the COTC Pataskala campus is ideally situated to support this growing technology and industry corridor. Additionally, six of the top eight fastest-growing public school districts in central Ohio are located within 17 miles of the campus. Through a partnership with Reynoldsburg’s eSTEM Academy, students can complete COTC’s College Credit Plus computer information technology pathway at the campus, allowing them to earn an associate degree while still in high school.

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