COTC Timeline

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​​​1957

  • Autumn – The Ohio State University Newark established, classes were held at the old Newark High School on West Main Street

1966

  • October 27 – Founders Hall groundbreaking ceremony

1968

  • October – Founders Hall opens

1971

  • February 19 – OBR charters Central Ohio Technical College 
  • June 25 – COTC begins accepting applications for fall quarter
  • July 19 – First operating budget approved by the Board of Trustees
  • July 29 – Dr. Robert Barnes appointed Director of COTC
  • September 17 – OBR approves six programs for autumn quarter: Electronic Engineering Technology, Secretarial Science, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Accounting, X-ray Technology and Glass Plastics Technology.  
  • September 30 – COTC opened its doors to students for the first time

1972

  • September – Nursing program begins

1973

  • June 8 – First graduating ceremony

1975

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) grants COTC full accreditation with a three-year follow up visit required
  • Spring – Construction begins on Hopewell Hall

1976

  • September – Grand opening of Hopewell Hall

1977

  • February – Work begins on Adena Hall
  • September 20 – First classes offered in Mount Vernon, Coshocton and at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg

1978

  • NCA grants a 10-year accreditation 
  • Autumn – Grand opening of Adena Hall
  • September 20 – Child Care Center opens in Adena Hall

1980

  • May 16 – OBR expands the COTC service area to include Knox and Coshocton counties
  • July 1 – Dr. Julius Greenstein appointed President of COTC

1984

  • May – Construction begins on Hopewell Hall addition

1985

  • January – Hopewell Hall addition opens

1988

  • NCA grants COTC a 10-year accreditation
  • September – New Child Care Center facility opens on the Newark campus

1990

  • Spring – Hall House purchased by the Thomas J. Evans Foundation and became the official presidential residence in 2004. 
  • May 21 – COTC faculty voted to form a collective bargaining unit

1991

  • September 27 – Groundbreaking for LeFevre Hall

1993

  • April 4 – Grand Opening of LeFevre Hall

1994

  • July 1 – Dr. Rafael Cortada appointed President of COTC
  • December 14 – Everett D. Reese Carillon dedicated

1998

  • NCA grants a 10-year accreditation

1999

  • July 1 – Dr. Anne Federlein appointed President of COTC

2002

  • April 16 – The John Gilbert Reese Center groundbreaking ceremony

2003

  • January 6 – COTC officially opens its facility in Coshocton on Kenwood Avenue 
  • October 14 – Grand opening of the John Gilbert Reese Center

2004

  • July 1 – Dr. Bonnie L. Coe, PhD, appointed president of COTC

2005

  • September 20 – Classes begin in Pataskala
  • October 12 – Groundbreaking for The Warner Center

2006

  • Coshocton Campus Capital Campaign concludes with just over $5 million
  • July 18 – COTC Board of Trustees accept donation of former theatre building in Mount Vernon
  • September 20 – Doors open to the Pataskala Campus in the Pataskala City Administration Building

2007

  • February 15 – Construction begins on Montgomery Hall in Coshocton

2008

  • NCA grants 10-year accreditation
  • January 10 – Montgomery Hall opens in Coshocton
  • October 3 – Grand opening of The John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center
  • December – Knox Campus Capital Campaign concludes with $5.3 million raised

2009

  • January – COTC launches strategic plan 2009 – 2013
  • August – COTC introduces its first international experience – Italian/American Exchange program with the first exchange to Reggello, Italy to happen in summer 2010

2010

  • June 21 – Classes begin at the former Grand Host East facility – the name officially changes to the Pataskala Campus 
  • November 8 – The Gateway opens in Hopewell Hall

2011

  • Summer – Remodel of Ariel Hall​

2012

  • March – Ariel Hall grand opening celebration in Mount Vernon
  • June 30 – Next Generation Challenge, scholarship campaign exceeds $20 million goal.​

2015

  • ​​February 24 – Facilities Operations Building groundbreaking

2016

  • ​​​January – Facilities Operations Building opens
  • Adena Hall renovation and conversion to rec center begins
  • September 1 – Jane C. and William T. McConnell Residence Hall​​ groundbreaking

2017

  • January 9 – Adena Hall Recreation Center opens
  • April 7 - The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approves honorific naming of new residence hall as Jane C. and William T. McConnell Hall.
  • Autumn semester – McConnell Hall opens.​

2018

  • December 31 – President Bonnie L. Coe, PhD, retires.

2019

  • January 1 – John M. Berry, PhD, assumes presidency of COTC
  • Summer semester – Coshocton Promise becomes available to eligible students in Coshocton County
  • August 7 – Groundbreaking for the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology

2020

  • January 2 – Eric Heiser, PhD, assumes newly created position of provost.
  • Summer semester – Renovation of Pataskala campus begins