Teaching and Learning


At Central Ohio Technical College, we strive to build and maintain high-quality educational experiences for a wide variety of learners. That’s why we are committed to providing a range of academic programs that are both challenging and engaging. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals, whether that means transferring to a four-year university or entering the workforce with the skills and knowledge needed for success. Our faculty are experts in their fields AND trained educators. The college has an ongoing commitment to reviewing academic program areas to ensure relevance, currency, and rigor. Through engaged community partnerships, the college is committed to developing new programs to meet the needs of an ever-changing workforce landscape. 

We know that education changes lives, and we want to be sure that all COTC students have ample opportunities to learn, grow, and earn to the best of their potential. COTC is very proud of the ways we engage and support students, faculty and staff in a variety of ways. 

What sets COTC apart? Take a minute to learn more about our commitment to teaching and learning excellence on the pages linked below.


Teaching and Learning Center

What We Do…

The Teaching and Learning Center at Central Ohio Technical College was created to support excellence in teaching and learning through a variety of professional development initiatives. The TLC seeks to support faculty and staff professional development through strategic programming, coaching, mentorship, and by leveraging peer-to-peer communities of learning. 

The Teaching and Learning Center provides a place for faculty to explore their most innovative and courageous educational pursuits… Whether it’s exploring high-impact pedagogical practices or implementing transformational educational technologies, TLC staff are ready and willing to support you however we can!


Faculty and Staff Achievements



Melanie Garrabrant, MA, was appointed dean of arts and sciences in January 2023. As the former director of admissions, she has been with COTC since 2018. 

Degrees, Certifications and Training

Maey Gharbiah, associate professor of biological and physical sciences, completed the ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction.


Join our Teaching Team

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Whether you are a seasoned educator or a working professional with limited or no previous teaching background interested in giving back to your community by sharing your experience and knowledge to help shape our future workforce, COTC recruits, interviews and hires instructors all throughout the year on an as-needed basis.


Perkins V

​The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law by President Trump on July 31, 2018. This bipartisan measure reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) and continued Congress’ commitment in providing nearly $1.3 billion annually for quality career and technical education (CTE) programs for individuals seeking to succeed in a knowledge- and skills-based economy.

Perkins V represents an important opportunity to expand opportunities for every student to explore, choose and follow career and technical education programs of study and career pathways to earn credentials of value.