Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is following Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendations to take immediate action to minimize the risk of exposure and slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2109 (COVID-19) in our communities. These decisions will remain in effect indefinitely and be reevaluated on an ongoing basis based upon recommendations from health and government officials regarding the health and safety of our communities. Updates and modifications will be shared on this website as more information is available.


Information for COTC Students and Faculty

COTC will offer its traditional 12-week summer semester beginning on May 11 as originally scheduled. Courses and student services will continue to be delivered in a remote format indefinitely. A very limited number of face-to-face instructional activities in programs where some on-campus instruction is essential due to regulatory or accreditation requirements has been reinstated. All activities are conducted under very specific and highly controlled safety protocols. 

Autumn semester: COTC will conduct classes in both remote and in-person formats at all four campuses this autumn. Read the autumn semester academic engagement plan. COTC is accepting new student applications for autumn semester 2020, which begins on August 25. Apply now at cotc.edu/apply or contact a Gateway admissions representative for assistance. 

We’re Here for Our Students Promise: During this extraordinary time, COTC pledges new measures and extended support for students during this crisis. In continuing our student-first philosophy, COTC announces its “We’re Here for Our Students Promise.” Read more. 

COVID-19 Emergency Funding: On April 22, 2020, Central Ohio Technical College was granted funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants to students impacted by COVID-19. To receive the grant, enrolled students must complete the Emergency Financial Grant Application, have demonstrated eligibility for federal financial aid and not be enrolled solely in an online program when courses were changed to remote delivery. In addition to disbursing these funds, COTC must report to the public within 30 days of receipt of the funds how the funds are being used. NOTE: as of June 9, 2020, all funds for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant have been exhausted. Read more. 

Student services are being delivered remotely. For more information, see Stay Connected.

Additional resources for faculty are available at: u.cotc.edu/teachingresources.


Campus Facilities

All four COTC campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala) will implement modified campus operations beginning Monday, March 23. COTC is open for business remotely. All campus buildings will be closed to the public and no in-person services will be available. Staff will only be available via email, and many offices will be available through regular business phone numbers.

Limited Access Student-Use Computers: COTC will offer limited computer and Wi-Fi access for students at each of our campuses. For more information, see Stay Connected.

Rotary Park Playground and Pavilion at 925 Sharon Valley Road, Newark, which is managed by the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark, is open as of June 10, 2020.



COTC has canceled all student and public events scheduled through June 30, 2020, and some occurring after this date. This includes:

  • All COTC events scheduled to be held on or off campus, including at all four COTC campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala)
  • All events sponsored by COTC’s Workforce Development Innovation Center and Lifelong Learning Institute, including those held on campus and at the West Licking County Family YMCA
  • Events scheduled by external organizations

Click here for a full list of modified and canceled events. 


Official Communications

All official communication regarding the college’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak will be communicated from the Office of the President and posted on this website. Additional details are available on this site for the following topics:

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