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October 23, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

I hope that your break from classes was restful! My welcome to any new students who have joined us for second-term classes. And to all – new and continuing students – I hope that this first week of second term has been successful. As we move into the second half of the semester, now is the time to make your plan to stay on track and finish strong. Keep in close contact with your instructors and do not hesitate to reach out at any time. COTC is here to help you in any way we can as you complete your educational journey.

Stand firm against racism

In previous communications, I have reaffirmed Central Ohio Technical College’s commitment to combat racism, inequity and hatred in all forms. Many of you may have read Ohio State Newark Dean/Director Dr. William MacDonald’s open letter to our local community recently published by the Newark Advocate’s Editorial Board. Sadly, Dr. MacDonald noted that in one week this September he received reports of three separate incidents of overt, racial discrimination or harassment against Ohio State students enrolled at the Newark campus we share. All three incidents occurred in our local community. In his letter, Dr. MacDonald asked all area organizations, including government agencies and businesses, to join him in the goals of dismantling racism, inequity and injustice. In light of this appalling news, I am compelled to again affirm COTC’s ongoing pledge to combat racism and to ask you to join me in standing with our campus partner, Ohio State, to end racism. This calls to mind the magnitude of our institutional value “helpful and inclusive, driven by a compassion and the desire to care about others.” I thank you for your commitment to living this value through your good work every day.

Spring semester academic plan

Throughout the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff have remained our highest priorities. Thus, as I previously noted, COTC will continue in largely remote instructional formats while also utilizing limited hybrid modes for the spring semester. The academic calendar will not be altered, and spring break and all holiday breaks will be followed as scheduled. Registration is currently open for spring semester. Classes will be offered in four instructional modes:

Remote-synchronous – Classes will be held entirely in remote sessions using Zoom on scheduled days and times. Students should plan to attend the live, remote sessions to interact with faculty and classmates, participate in class discussions and ask questions in real time. Faculty will also offer live, remote office hours weekly for students to interact with their instructor, ask questions and gain additional help with coursework. Students who miss a live session will be able to view a recorded Zoom session on demand.

Remote-asynchronous – All lectures will be recorded for students to view remotely. Remote- asynchronous courses do not meet through Zoom during scheduled days and times. Faculty will offer live, remote office hours weekly for students to connect with their instructor to discuss course assignments, ask questions or convey any general concerns.

Hybrid – A mix of remote/online learning with scheduled days and times on campus. Hybrid courses are primarily for classes requiring a hands-on experience that cannot be replicated in a virtual environment or which have accreditation and/or licensing requirements that need to be held on campus. Labs meeting on campus will carefully follow CDC recommended protocols to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.

Online – Online courses are not offered during a specific day and time. Students can access the course at their convenience. However, online courses will have scheduled quizzes and exams as well as homework and course assignment deadlines. Online courses may be delivered in several ways, differing from remote-asynchronous courses, which will be delivered solely by recorded lectures. However, online courses instructors may also choose to offer recorded lectures or virtual office hours.

What course type is best for me?

Remote-synchronous courses follow a more traditional classroom experience and are a good choice for students who can commit to a set schedule for the entire semester as attendance at scheduled times will be expected. With no pre-set class sessions, remote-asynchronous and online courses offer great flexibility for students whose schedules change frequently, who have work or family commitments that will prevent them from participating at scheduled times, or who have unreliable Internet access. Students choosing these types of course delivery should be self-motivated to complete tasks on their own and be prepared to set aside the same amount of time each week as the scheduled (synchronous) class in order to keep up and be successful.

As I close this week, unfortunately, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising across the state. And as you are probably aware, Franklin and Licking counties have risen again to Level 3 (red) public emergency designations. This means that exposure and spread of the virus are both very high.

Please continue being diligent in practicing the health and safety protocols wherever you may be. Also, public health officials are urging everyone to get a flu shot soon. This is another important step that you can take to be proactive for your health, especially in this uncertain year. The past months have brought about many new challenges related to the widespread effects of COVID-19. The CDC offers helpful ideas and resources to cope with stress and build resilience during the pandemic. Please take some time this weekend to recharge and refresh.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

October 9, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

Last week, Dr. MacDonald, dean and director at Ohio State Newark, and I shared with you a reaffirmation that COTC and Ohio State Newark are safe spaces that do not tolerate racism or intolerance in any form. Further, we called for all members of our campus community to not remain silent and to not stand by when witnessing acts of injustice. Further, we pledge to continue working with area organizations, including government agencies and businesses, to join us in the goals of dismantling racism, inequity and injustice.

Our campus is already working on several initiatives to move us toward these goals.

Public Safety Advisory Committee

We are currently drafting by-laws for a re-envisioned committee to replace the campus’s current Public Safety Committee, which has no constitutional document. The new committee will include members from COTC and Ohio State Newark.

Other initiatives will continue to be refined and vetted with multiple campus groups. Students can also find very helpful anti-racism resources and learn about campus events to promote equity and justice through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

We must commit to this important work even as we deal with the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Spring Semester Academic Plan
This week the COTC President’s Cabinet approved a spring semester 2021 academic engagement plan as brought forth by Provost Heiser. Given the uncertainty surrounding the continuing effects of the pandemic, COTC will continue in largely remote instructional formats while also utilizing limited hybrid modes. The spring 2021 academic calendar will not be altered, and spring break and all holiday breaks will be followed as scheduled. Additional details regarding the plan and upcoming registration will be shared soon.

Courses will be delivered in four primary modalities:

  • Remote synchronous (scheduled time/day)
  • Remote asynchronous (no scheduled sessions, lectures recorded, weekly live office hours)
  • Hybrid (mix of on-campus and remote/online learning)
  • Online

Second Term Classes
There’s still time to take advantage of COTC’s accelerated-format (8 weeks versus 15 weeks) second-term courses which begin on October 19. This is another great opportunity for students to take courses that are applicable to a degree at COTC or that can transfer to any public college or university in the state of Ohio. Contact your academic advisor soon to register.

As I conclude this week, please continue to take good care of yourself. I understand that many of you, or your family members, may still be facing challenges during this exceptional time. Continue to connect with your faculty members and academic advisor – they are here to help you achieve your goals in any way they can.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

September 25, 2020

 

September 18, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

I hope that your semester is continuing to proceed smoothly; your health and safety continue as our highest priorities. To check in regarding on-campus operations I recently conducted another walking tour of our Newark campus. I was so pleased to see all members of our campus community – faculty, staff and students – adhering to our coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols. I understand the inconvenience and difficulty of operating in this mode, and I thank you for your continued diligence.

Spring Semester
Planning for spring semester is in process with meetings for college stakeholders currently happening to determine the best path forward. I will note that COTC is not planning to follow The Ohio State University’s recently announced spring semester schedule, which includes the elimination of spring break. We’re continuing to gather feedback but expect to have some finality to the spring schedule within the next several weeks.

Quickmail

Please be aware that the college is still experiencing technical issues with the Quickmail function in Moodle. As a reminder, emails being sent through the system were going to a student’s junk folder instead of inbox. The OCIO has been able to put some changes in place that have improved the delivery rate, but some emails sent through the Quickmail function will still be routed into junk folders. Faculty members have been advised to choose alternate methods of email, but students should continue to check your junk folders frequently. If a message is in there, right click on the sender to identify them as “not junk.”

Second Term Classes
Second-term courses begin on October 19 and are offered in an accelerated format (8 weeks versus 15 weeks). This is another great opportunity for students to take courses that are applicable to a degree at COTC or that can transfer to any public college or university in the state of Ohio. Contact your academic advisor soon to register.

“…and all at once, summer collapsed into fall,” wrote the incomparable Irish poet and dramatist Oscar Wilde. And as the calendar officially turns from summer to autumn, please take some time to refresh and enjoy the brilliant weather. Thank you for being a part of the COTC family.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

September 11, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

As we finish the third week of autumn semester, I hope that you are continuing to stay well. As the semester continues, every COTC department stands ready to help you succeed and achieve your goals, and I urge you to continue reaching out to faculty and academic advisors and to utilize the resources listed on the college’s COVID-19 web page.

Alford Center and Pataskala Campus Update
For those who have not been to the Newark campus recently, the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology is beginning to display its future character and is still on schedule to open in spring 2021. This 60,000-square-foot facility will allow us to expand academic programming and enhance student success. You can watch the progress on our live feed here. Also, renovations at the Pataskala campus have reached the interior wall framing stage, and our official construction sign will be in place soon. It’s gratifying to see the continued progress in our critical infrastructure and ongoing investment in our students, especially amidst the ongoing pandemic.

New COTC Website Nearing Completion
Although not a part of our campus’s physical infrastructure, the COTC website is also an essential element to college operations. A cross-divisional staff and faculty team has been working with the national web development company Digital Deployment for the past six months and is in the closing stages of preparing a new college website for launch later this autumn. The team is currently migrating content to the new site and curating pages prior to the public launch.

Second-Term Courses
COTC is adapting to meet the current needs of students by offering a selection of general education courses during the second term of autumn semester. Second-term courses begin on October 19 and are offered in an accelerated format (8 weeks versus 15 weeks). This is another great opportunity for students to take courses that are applicable to a degree at COTC or that can transfer to any public college or university in the state of Ohio. Contact your academic advisor soon to register.

Second-term courses are:
PHIL-100 Critical Thinking
ENGL-112 Composition I
SOC-110 Cultural Diversity
MATH-130 Statistics
PSY-100 Intro to Psychology.

As I close, on this anniversary of one of our country’s most tragic events, we pause to remember those who lost their lives on that terrible day. And as we progress through the current pandemic, I hope that you will always continue to move forward and look ahead with hope and purpose. Take good care of yourself and others.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

September 4, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:
As we conclude our second week of classes, I hope that your autumn semester is proceeding smoothly and that you are continuing to stay well.

As our nation, state and communities continue to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the recent tragic examples of social injustice are also constantly in our minds and hearts. I want to remind all members of our campus community that we are tasked with a deep responsibility to be a positive force locally for understanding, learning and healing during this time.

One long-standing example of our commitment to this responsibility is the annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference, which has been rescheduled to be held virtually on Friday, September 25. Attendees at this year’s event will learn important techniques for inclusion and active listening that are practical and easy to apply in everyday situations, and I encourage all who have not registered to consider attending. It will be an important and valuable day. Register by Sepember. 21 here.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs also offers many opportunities for students to participate in sessions about racial equality and to become campus leaders in promoting diversity and inclusion. Learn about opportunities on their website here.

Second-Term Courses
COTC is adapting to meet the current needs of students by offering a full-time selection of general education courses during the second term of autumn semester. Second-term courses begin on Oct. 19 and are offered in an accelerated format (8 weeks versus 15 weeks). This is another great opportunity for students to take courses that are applicable to a degree at COTC or that can transfer to any public college or university in the state of Ohio. Contact your academic advisor soon to register.

Second-term courses are:
PHIL-100 Critical Thinking
ENGL-112 Composition I
SOC-110 Cultural Diversity
MATH-130 Statistics
PSY-100 Intro to Psychology.

Finally, as the semester continues and we adapt to our new routines, my weekly communications will shift to a lesser frequency. As the month progresses, we’ll continue to follow closely any changes in the COVID-19 protocols and determine a new, appropriate communication schedule. I’ll continue my weekly updates through the end of September. Of course, I reiterate my commitment to timeliness and transparency regarding all college-specific initiatives, especially should any urgent matters arise.

The college will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, Sept. 7, so enjoy your long weekend! Be aware that while the public health advisories in Franklin and Licking counties have been lowered to level 2, this level still demands a high degree of caution. Knox and Coshocton counties are also still regarded to have active exposure and spread, so please continue to do your part – mask up, physically distance and wash your hands frequently, and continue to take good care of yourself and others.

Get some rest and enjoy the sunshine – you very much deserve it.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

August 28, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

I hope that your opening week was a success, and on behalf of the entire faculty and staff at COTC – welcome, and welcome back! Whether you are engaging fully remotely or will be physically on campus from time to time, we hope for you every success as you work toward achieving your educational goals.

I took some time to walk around the Newark campus on the first day of this uncommon semester, and I was encouraged to see students, staff and faculty wearing masks and adhering to physical distancing. Thank you! I understand that navigating the first week of classes can itself be a stressful time, and I’m proud to see COTC taking these essential steps to lessen the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

I know that our Gateway staff worked through the week to complete some registrations, and I want to thank you for your patience as staff members navigated any operational challenges. As the semester continues, please be sure to reach out to faculty and your academic advisors regularly, and to utilize the resources listed on the college’s COVID-19 web page. Assistance is only a phone call or email away. Please know that above all, COTC’s highest priorities are to keep you safe and to give you support to help you succeed in your chosen program.

Continue taking good care of yourselves and following health and safety protocols, both on and off campus. Our Newark campus partner, The Ohio State University, has already noted an increase in the identification of positive COVID-19 cases during its first week of reporting these figures. The virus is still active in our communities, and we must each do our part to prevent further spread.

We are so proud that you are continuing your academic journey at COTC during this exceptional time. We are in this together, as the hashtag says, and for that I am grateful. You represent the best of COTC. I look forward to the great accomplishments you’ll achieve this semester.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

August 21, 2020

 

August 14, 2020

All official communication regarding the college’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak will be communicated from the Office of the President. Find all communications as well as health and hygiene links on the COTC COVID-19 Website.

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

With the start of autumn semester just a little over one week away, COTC faculty and staff are busy readying for the resumption of both remote and in-person instruction. We are looking forward to engaging with you and assisting you in any way we can as you move forward in your chosen educational pathway. As you know, the last day to register for autumn semester is August 25, the first day of classes. There’s still time to connect with your academic advisor for autumn semester, but I urge you to finalize your plans very soon.

The health and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff have always been our foremost priorities, and as a new semester begins I do want to remind you of the college’s health and safety protocols in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your careful adherence to these protocols is imperative to maintaining a safe campus environment. Please be aware that due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic that all plans can be subject to change.

Semester Health and Safety Protocols

DAILY WELLNESS CHECK AND SYMPTOM REPORTING

  • Before coming to campus, all students are required to perform a daily wellness check to identify COVID-19-consistent symptoms each day they intend to be physically on a COTC campus.

If you experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, do not come to campus.

ON-CAMPUS EXPECTATIONS

On-Campus Face Mask Requirement Expanded

  • All symptom-free students are expected to follow safe campus requirements to include but not limited to wearing masks and practicing hand hygiene, physical distancing (maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others in any public space), wellness checks/health symptom monitoring, and must participate in contact tracing, quarantine and isolation as may be required by public health authorities.
  • Wearing a face mask and practicing six feet of physical distancing is required on all COTC campuses.
    • Indoor: classrooms, common areas, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways and shared vehicles.
    • Outdoor: masks must also be worn in outdoor spaces on campus, even when individuals can maintain appropriate physical distancing. This is an update from previously stated guidelines.
  • All student services will continue to be offered remotely, which remains the preferred method of service. A limited number of COTC staff will be available on campus to provide in-person services. These interactions must be scheduled in advance; no walk-in appointments will be available. In-person services should only be utilized if a student cannot engage with a college office remotely due to technological limitations.

All students are expected to meet these behavioral and safety expectations when they physically participate in any college activity, on or off campus. Failure to adhere to these requirements will be addressed through standard enforcement mechanisms.

CAMPUS BOOKSTORE

The campus bookstore is currently open but operating with significantly reduced capacity due to physical distancing requirements. We highly recommend that you do not wait until after classes start to begin sourcing your required material for autumn semester. All required material is posted on the bookstore website.

  • Orders can be placed online and shipped to home rather than for in-store pick up. Any order over $50.00 will receive free shipping and one-day transit time in Ohio.
  • For COTC students using financial aid, orders will begin processing when aid funding is released on August 15.
  • If you are requesting the bookstore to ship, please make sure you have completed your AUTHORIZATION FOR SHIPPING with SFA (found MYCOTC\Students\Bookstore Charging).
  • To avoid multiple contacts, the textbook aisles are closed. Self-service of textbooks and scrubs is not available.
  • Students will not be allowed to try on apparel in the store. Full refunds will be available if a wrong size is purchased.

Bookstore Hours

August 17 through 28
Monday and Tuesday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

August 31 and beyond
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Moving Forward Together

As I close this week’s communication, I want to remind each of you of the important role you play in contributing to the health and safety of our campus and local communities. As we begin a new semester, please remain vigilant in your adherence to physical distancing, mask wearing and other important health and safety guidelines. Our unified efforts can make a difference.

Please take good care of yourselves and each other. I look forward to an exciting, productive and engaging semester.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

Additional Resources:
Steps to Prevent Illness
CDC and Health Departments

August 7, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

The safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority, and today I am sharing additional information regarding on-campus protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). With the start of autumn semester quickly approaching, I hope that this information will help you understand not only the general hygiene and safety measures put in place on campus but also your role in ensuring a safe campus environment. As you are aware, our Newark campus is shared with The Ohio State University, and our cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been designed to meet Ohio State standards, as referenced below. Brief updates from the Information Technology Help Desk and campus bookstore regarding autumn semester procedures are also included. Please remember that these plans are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

 

DAILY HEALTH CHECK AND SYMPTOM REPORTING
  • All students are required to perform a daily wellness check to identify COVID-19-consistent symptoms each day they intend to be physically on a COTC campus.

If you experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, do not come to campus. Symptoms include:*

  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain/body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Exposure to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
    Exposure means: A household member, or any close contact (within six feet and for greater than 15 minutes) with an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The timeframe for contact includes the 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic.

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Refer to the CDC for the most current list of possible symptoms. 

 

Students experiencing COVID-19-consistent symptoms or who have been exposed to an individual with coronavirus should quarantine themselves and begin the testing process by contacting their primary care physician or going to:

  • In Licking County, the Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) drive-through clinic located at 131 McMillian Drive, Newark, Ohio. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m.
  • In Knox County, Knox Community Hospital Urgent Care located at 1490 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon, Ohio. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • In Coshocton County, call the Coshocton Regional Medical Center’s COVID-19 hotline at 740.623.4019. The hotline is available seven days/week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The CRMC Respiratory Screening Center located in the Medical Arts Building at 406 South 15th Street, Coshocton, Ohio. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

ON-CAMPUS EXPECTATIONS
  • All symptom-free students are expected to follow safe campus requirements to include but not limited to wearing masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing (maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others in any public space), wellness checks/health symptom monitoring, and must participate in contact tracing, quarantine and isolation as may be required by public health authorities.
  • Face masks are required indoors except while eating food in the cafeteria.
  • Masks must be put on before entering enclosed or indoor spaces including, but not limited to, classrooms, common areas, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways and shared vehicles.
  • Masks must also be worn in outdoor spaces where individuals cannot maintain appropriate physical distancing.

 

CAMPUS READINESS

Campus Cleaning Protocols
In addition to the usual daily housekeeping activities (cleaning restrooms, trash collection, sweeping, etc.) the facilities department has established enhanced daily housekeeping operations that meet or exceed the cleaning and disinfecting standards for campus readiness defined by our Newark campus partner, The Ohio State University, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional cleaning protocols include:

  • Daily cleaning of door handles, tables, ATMs and other high-touch surfaces.
  • Daily disinfecting of the two open computer labs on the Newark campus (Founders Hall 180 and Reese Center 206) and the computer labs at the COTC extended campuses (Coshocton campus: Montgomery Hall room 265 (PC lab) and room 345 (Mac lab), Knox campus: Ariel Hall room 10, Pataskala Campus Annex: room 2F).
  • Use of sanitizing misters throughout campus spaces each evening. The disinfecting/sanitizing products are Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved for killing COVID-19.
  • Disinfectant wipes supplied to each classroom and lab used during autumn semester.
  • Disinfectant wipes or spray and paper towels supplied to high-volume areas on campus.
  • Required use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all custodians.

First shift housekeeping operations have been ongoing, and cleaning and sanitizing processes were employed in classrooms and labs during the summer semester. Second shift housekeeping operations will resume on August 17.

Campus Signage

  • COVID-related signage referencing CDC guidance for hand washing, mandatory face coverings and social distancing requirements, as well as floor and seat stickers to ensure that safe distances are maintained have been installed throughout all campus buildings.

Hand Sanitizer

  • The number of public hand-sanitizing stations throughout campus has been more than doubled through a combination of wall-mounted and cardboard dispensing units.

Digital Touchless Thermometers

  • Touchless, wall-mounted thermometers will be installed outside the Office of Public Safety in the Warner Center and at each of the COTC extended campuses.

Disposable Masks

  • A plastic bag containing 10-12 disposable masks will be placed at the instructor’s podium in all classrooms and labs that will be in use during autumn semester as well as in student-serving offices.

Furniture Reconfigurations and Plexiglas Screens

  • The furniture in all public spaces has been moved and/or relocated to promote social distancing.
  • The tables and chairs in all classrooms and labs being utilized this autumn have been arranged to follow Ohio State’s spacing guidelines.
  • Plexiglas screens have been fabricated and installed in various student/public-serving areas.
  • The exercise equipment in the Adena Recreation Center has been rearranged and/or moved into the gymnasium to promote social distancing.

Air Filters

  • New, high-density air filters will be installed in all campus buildings.

Building Hours

  • Signs detailing autumn semester building hours will be posted at each Newark campus building entrance as well as at the Knox, Coshocton and Pataskala extended campus buildings.

 

IT HELP DESK OPERATIONS

To support the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, drop-in IT support is currently unavailable. Please contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

  • Students: We encourage you to reach out for remote assistance via phone (740.366.9244), email or Self Service. In person support can be requested Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by going to Founders Hall Room 175 and calling 740.366.9244 with your cell phone or the phone located in the room. An on-site technician will be dispatched for assistance following physical distancing recommendations.

 

CAMPUS BOOKSTORE

The bookstore is currently open but operating with significantly reduced capacity due to physical distancing requirements. Protective shields have been installed at the registers, staff and customers are required to wear face coverings, a hand-sanitizing station is available, and customers will follow a single-line flow pattern with social distance markers. Maximum capacity will be limited to 20-25 students in the store at a time, and a full-time employee will be stationed at the door during the weeks of August 17 through September 4 to monitor capacity.

We highly recommend that you do not wait until after classes start to begin sourcing your required material for autumn semester. All required material is posted on the bookstore website.

  • Orders can be placed online and shipped to home rather than for in-store pick up. Any order over $50.00 will receive free shipping and one-day transit time in Ohio.
  • For COTC students using financial aid, orders will begin processing when aid funding is released on August 15.
  • If you are requesting the bookstore to ship, please make sure you have completed your AUTHORIZATION FOR SHIPPING with SFA (found MYCOTC\Students\Bookstore Charging).
  • To avoid multiple contacts, the textbook aisles are closed. Self-service of textbooks and scrubs is not available.
  • Students will not be allowed to try on apparel in the store. Full refunds will be available if a wrong size is purchased.

Bookstore Hours

Through August 16
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

August 17 through 28
Monday and Tuesday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

August 31 and beyond
Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

I understand that the details surrounding campus re-engagement are numerous, and on behalf of the entire COTC community, I thank you again for your patience and resilience. The health and safety of our campus community remain our highest priorities. Please understand that due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic that all plans can be subject to change.

The virus is still prevalent in our communities, and I urge you all to continue practicing social distancing, hand washing and other health and safety protocols.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

July 31, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

On behalf of the COTC leadership, faculty and staff, we offer a cheer of congratulations! You have persisted in your academic journey during this exceptionally trying time. Now that our summer semester is complete, I encourage you to take some moments to appreciate all that you have accomplished. I also want to acknowledge with thanks the tremendous support of the COTC faculty and staff during this pandemic, but your hard work and determination enabled you to finish your semester. We are extremely proud of your ongoing resilience. Congratulations to each and every one of you.

Graduates
And to our summer graduates, we offer extra special congratulations for completing your degree or certificate program, especially under these extraordinary circumstances. Please know that we are committed to celebrating your success. Due to the ongoing pandemic, COTC will continue to assess guidance from the state and CDC on large gatherings to determine our final plans for spring, summer and autumn commencement, currently scheduled for December 2020. We are looking forward to celebrating with you in person and will provide more information through COTC email as soon as it is available. Until that time, we welcome you to the ranks of COTC alumni!

Register for Autumn Semester
To all students who will be continuing at COTC this autumn, I hope that you have already taken the time to register for autumn semester. If not, remember that registration will continue only until August 25, the first day of classes, so I encourage you to connect soon with your academic advisor. Textbook orders for autumn semester can be placed online for home delivery. As you prepare for the next semester, please do remember that all COTC offices providing student services will offer limited in-person assistance with the majority of services still being provided remotely.

Stay Safe
We understand that there is much information regarding campus re-engagement, and as we continue to approach the start of autumn semester we will share additional documents outlining campus protocols. You can keep up to date by visiting the COTC COVID-19 website, where there are specific pages dedicated to information for students. COVID-19 is still prevalent in our communities and it is uncertain how long the virus will continue to impact our lives and our work at COTC. Please continue to take good care of yourself, follow CDC, state and local health authority guidance, and finally, remember to be kind. We are all doing the best we can under enormously difficult situations. Thank you again for being a part of the COTC family.

Take Care. Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

 John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

July 24, 2020

 

July 17, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

This week I want to share some information regarding re-engagement with campus during the autumn semester. We understand that this is an extraordinary time, and we hope that these details will help you better understand expectations and plans for any on-campus activities. As always, the safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority, and we ask that you please adhere to all outlined regulations to lessen the spread of COVID-19 should you need to be on campus. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic, please remember that these plans are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Please note that the majority of COTC classes will be held remotely during autumn semester, and the preferred method for all student services will continue to be virtual.

Campus Re-Engagement Autumn 2020 

On-campus safety protocols and daily cleaning

Face coverings and physical distancing are required for all individuals in all COTC buildings. Masks must be worn in indoor settings, including, but not limited to: classrooms, common areas, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways and shared vehicles on all campuses. Masks must also be worn in outdoor spaces where individuals cannot maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Daily cleaning protocols are in place and will be fully implemented by mid-August. With these protocols in place, we should not need to close offices or buildings should the campus have a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Computer labs

The John Gilbert Reese Center computer lab will continue to be open for students, and two computer labs will be available in Founders Hall during autumn semester. The computer labs on each of COTC’s extended campuses will continue to be open. Access to the Newark campus Wi-Fi will remain available in the Adena Hall parking lot.

Adena Hall Recreation Center
Beginning on August 19, 2020, the Adena Hall Recreation Center will open for use with full regular hours, including Saturdays, to coincide with residence hall move in. In addition to all available federal, state, local and university guidelines, the Office of Student Life will also follow the guidance of national sports governing bodies to ensure that physical distancing practices and other safety protocols are in place for any recreational sports activities.

Residence Hall Dining Services, Table of Contents and the Bean Counter

August 19 and 20: dining services will open in the Warner Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (limited menu).

August 21: open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (limited menu) so food service will be available to students moving into the residence halls.

The Table of Contents (TOC) and the Bean Counter will open on August 24, with the following hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

All TOC orders will be conducted through Grubhub during autumn semester. Read more about those changes and about installing the Grubhub app for ordering at the TOC here. Snacks that are offered at the Reese Center Cyber Café can be ordered on the Grubhub app and picked up at the TOC.

Register for Autumn Semester
I hope that you have already registered for autumn semester. If not, remember that registration will continue only until August 25, the first day of classes, so I encourage you to connect soon with your academic advisor. Textbook orders for autumn semester can be placed online for home delivery. As you prepare for the next semester, please do remember that all COTC student services are still being delivered remotely.

Stay Safe
We understand that there is much information regarding campus re-engagement, and as we continue to approach the start of autumn semester we will share additional documents outlining campus protocols.

Also, Licking County has now been added to the list of Ohio counties requiring face masks, so please help everyone stay safe by continuing to follow CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines. As you near completion of summer semester, I hope that continue working hard, taking good care of yourself and others, and moving in the direction of your dreams and goals.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

July 10, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

I hope that your semester is progressing well, and that COTC is continuing to help you achieve your goals during this exceptional time. While we will each have different experiences during this pandemic – uncertainty, frustration, loneliness, income loss – I want to re-emphasize the importance of supporting each other as a COTC family. Challenges will undoubtedly remain as the coronavirus (COVID-19) circulates in our communities. Therefore, COTC pledges again to do everything in our power to ensure that your educational paths are not adversely affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your health, welfare and academic success remain, as always, our primary concerns.

Register for Autumn Semester
Registration is underway for autumn and will continue until August 25, the first day of classes, so I encourage you to connect soon with your academic advisor if you have not already. Textbook orders for autumn semester can be placed online for home delivery. As you prepare for the next semester, please do remember that all COTC student services are still being delivered remotely.

Nursing Students Help with Contact Tracing
Some positive news I want to share this week is that COTC healthcare students are conducting contact tracing for the Licking County Health Department. We’re very proud to report this important collaboration; it’s wonderful to see COTC help lead this effort in our community. Thanks to all who are participating in this critical strategy for defeating COVID-19.

Stay Safe
As you are probably aware, COVID-19 cases are increasing across the state, and wearing face masks is now required in several counties, including Franklin and Fairfield. Please help everyone stay safe by continuing to follow CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

July 2, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students:

 Your health and welfare remain our highest priorities, and I hope that you are continuing to take good care of yourself and others. As the semester continues, every COTC department stands ready to help you succeed and achieve your goals, and I urge you to continue reaching out to faculty and academic advisors and to utilize the resources listed on the college’s COVID-19 web page.

Autumn Semester – Registration Underway
As announced previously, COTC will conduct a combination of remote, in-person and hybrid classes during autumn semester. Key elements of the plan are the continuation of remote delivery for lecture-only classes and the resumption of full face-to-face instruction for classes that require a student’s physical presence in a laboratory. Registration is already underway for autumn and will continue until August 25, the first day of classes. As you prepare for autumn semester, please do remember that all COTC student services are still being delivered remotely.

Justice for Racial Equality
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is wrapping up its summer virtual series for students, Justice for Racial Equality, but there’s still time to register for the final July session. I am incredibly proud of COTC’s diverse community, and we remain dedicated to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment grounded in respect for human dignity and each other. We must stand up daily to maintain these principles, and I encourage you to engage in these important conversations.

COTC closed July 3
The college will be closed on July 3 to celebrate Independence Day, and with COVID-19 cases increasing across the state, please help everyone stay safe by continuing to follow CDC guidelines during any gatherings. July 3 would normally find me preparing for the annual 4th of July concert and fireworks hosted by the Newark campus. But, as we all find different and creative ways to safely spend the holiday this year, I hope that yours still includes some hallmarks of the celebration – good food, good fellowship and enjoying the outdoors.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

June 26, 2020

 

June 19, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students, faculty and staff:

This week, the COTC President’s Cabinet approved a plan for autumn semester 2020 academic operations at all COTC campuses. The health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remained our top priorities during this planning, as did our commitment to continue offering exceptional academic experiences for our students. Any level of campus re-engagement during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will follow CDC guidelines to lessen the spread of COVID-19. This includes classroom readiness, physical distancing, safety signage and the use of personal protective equipment.

Autumn semester course delivery overview
COTC will use a hybrid delivery strategy incorporating fully in-person classes/labs, remote instruction, and hybrid classes/labs offering a mix of both in-person and remote instruction. Key aspects of this plan are the continuation of remote delivery for lecture-only classes and the resumption of full face-to-face instruction for all classes that require a student’s physical presence in a laboratory. This primarily, although not exclusively, refers to healthcare program labs. When labs can be accomplished effectively remotely, faculty will be encouraged to choose this option.

COTC will begin classes on August 25 as planned and will follow the normal semester schedule, including breaks. However, the majority of academic programs will cease any physical contact with students before Thanksgiving break. While classes will not end at that time, labs and clinicals that require physical presence and are able to finish by that time will be encouraged to do so. Those classes with cumulative final exams that require a student presence after Thanksgiving will be allowed to do so, pending approval by the appropriate dean. Clinicals and internships will function normally. Should a change in state guidance regarding clinicals and internships occur, students will be informed by their respective faculty.

COTC will follow this academic operations plan for the autumn semester regardless of any positive developments around the pandemic. Further, should there be a resurgence in the virus and/or governmental restrictions are again imposed, COTC could return to completely remote formats for all instruction and student services.

We understand that you will have additional questions regarding the full scope of COTC’s plan for autumn semester. We encourage students to reach out to their academic advisor with any questions.

To read the entire academic operations plan, please click here.

Tutoring and Testing Centers
All tutoring and testing center services will continue virtually at this time. Further announcements regarding the potential addition of in-person services in these areas will be forthcoming.

Enrollment Management
Advising
appointments will continue to be held virtually. In-person appointments will be approved on a case-by-case basis and must be scheduled ahead of time. Walk-in appointments will be unavailable during the autumn semester. The advising staff will create guidelines for physical distancing and for following other CDC recommended guidelines.

College Credit Plus (CCP) courses will continue. CCP students will still be able to enroll in courses taught at their high school by approved high school teachers (Option A) or enroll in courses offered through one of COTC’s four campus locations or online (Option C). COTC will not send college faculty to teach in area high schools (Option B).

Recruitment events including individual appointments, info sessions and visit days will continue to be exclusively held virtually during autumn semester. No in-person events will be scheduled.

These are challenging times for all, and I want to thank you for your continued patience and perseverance during this time of such uncertainty. COTC will strive to keep the student experience as normal as possible while also working to ensure the continued safety of our communities.

I want to thank our Offices of Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and the many faculty members who contributed their insight and expertise during the creation of this plan. We believe that our hybrid approach will help ensure the safety of our college community while also offering a breadth of engaged academic experiences.

It is uncertain how long the virus will continue impacting our communities, and we ask for your continued flexibility as the autumn semester unfolds. I am grateful for your continued resilience and strength, and I look forward to celebrating your accomplishments in December as our autumn semester concludes.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

June 12, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students, faculty and staff:

As we end another week during this extraordinary time, I hope that you continue to be well. As you read in my communication from earlier today, COTC confirmed our first case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) this week. While safety measures and protocols were followed on campus by the individuals directly involved, this is a clear reminder that COVID-19 is still present in our communities. Your health and wellbeing continue as our highest priority, and as I stressed earlier, I urge everyone to continue social distancing and following the CDC guidelines to lessen transmission of the virus.

Conversations with Allies & Advocates
Spurred by the recent tragic examples of inequality in our society, COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark this week held a virtual forum, Conversations with Allies & Advocates, as the first in a newly planned series to engage campus voices to become positive forces for healing. Additional virtual conversations for all students, faculty and staff are currently being planned. We have posted several helpful resources for education about racism, white privilege and systemic bias on our website.

Autumn Semester Planning
As we complete our plan for autumn semester instruction amidst the continuing threat of COVID-19, please know that health and safety have been at the forefront of our discussions and strategy. I expect to make an announcement regarding autumn semester next week. I thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through the many details involved in this planning.

COTC Pataskala Campus Renovation Beginning

In some very exciting news for the college, I want to remind everyone that the renovation of our COTC Pataskala campus facility at 8660 E. Broad St. is beginning. As of Monday, June 15, 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, 4.3 miles east on State Rt. 16/E. Broad St. Please note that the limited access student-use computer lab at the E. Broad St. Pataskala campus is closed. Students will have access to a computer lab at the COTC Pataskala Annex, room 2F. Details of days and hours of computer lab availability with be forthcoming very shortly. Keep up to date with the project on the COTC website.

I hope that you find time for rest and reflection this weekend. Enjoy the sunshine, but please take good care of yourselves and others. I applaud your perseverance during these trying times, and I thank you again for being a part of our COTC family.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

All official communication regarding the college’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak will be communicated from the Office of the President. Find all communications as well as health and hygiene links on the COTC COVID-19 Website.

Additional Resources:
Steps to Prevent Illness
CDC and Health Departments

 

June 12, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students, faculty and staff:

 First and foremost, the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remain our top priority. And as you know, COTC has continued to operate almost exclusively in remote formats since mid-March to lessen the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Licking County Health Department has confirmed that a COTC student has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This is COTC’s first confirmed case of the virus. All safety measures and protocols were followed in this matter. The student only came into direct contact with one college employee. The public health system will conduct contact tracing and notify individuals who had close contact with the student. All individuals were wearing facemasks, social distancing was followed, and the room was cleaned and disinfected after the meeting and before any subsequent use.

As this pandemic continues to evolve, it is important that information is shared appropriately to protect the health and wellbeing of our community while working to stop the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, we must respect everyone’s medical privacy and ensure the accuracy of information. As a result, the college is not able to publicly confirm and share details of individual COVID-19 cases. Please remember: If you learn of a possible case, do not share the person’s health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is protected by HIPAA and other laws. In the face of this unprecedented pandemic, we must rely on regional public health officials to continue to investigate cases and trace potential contacts.

This development reminds us all of the importance of following hygiene protocols and that COVID-19 is still very much present in our communities. I urge each of you to continue strictly following the CDC guidelines to lessen transmission of the virus.

How to protect yourself and others
Social distancing is scientifically proven to be one of the most effective methods to slow the transmission of communicable disease, such as COVID-19. The CDC recommends to:

  • Keep a distance of at least six feet away from another person
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Refrain from touching your face
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands)
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces and refrain from shaking hands

Also, please continue to follow the college’s established procedures for on-campus activity. These are limited to essential employees, pre-scheduled non-essential employee campus visits, and a very limited number of face-to-face instructional activities for students and faculty. Students should reach out to their faculty members with any procedural questions or concerns. Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor or John Ralston, COTC director of human resources, 740.366.9360.

If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness consistent with COVID-19, have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with the virus, you should contact your primary care physician. If you are unable to reach your primary care physician you should contact the Ohio Department of Health coronavirus hotline at 833.427.5634.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters together. Your safety and welfare are our highest concern. While many businesses and activities continue to open, it is still critically important that we all remain diligent in our efforts to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

All official communication regarding the college’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak will be communicated from the Office of the President. Find all communications as well as health and hygiene links on the COTC COVID-19 Website.

Additional Resources:
Steps to Prevent Illness
CDC and Health Departments

 

June 5, 2020

To all COTC faculty, staff and students:

Earlier in the week, Dr. MacDonald and I shared with you an important call to action in response to the latest string of tragic examples of injustice in our society. We are tasked with a deep responsibility to be a positive force to help our campus and larger communities listen, learn, understand and heal during this time. We are calling on all faculty, staff, students and alumni to reaffirm their personal commitment to accepting social responsibility, to fostering peace and nonviolence, striving for equality and leading toward meaningful change through collaborative service.

To this end, we will work with our Office of Student Life, COTC’s Division of Academic Affairs, Ohio State Newark’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and several student organizations to coordinate a Courageous Conversation initiative. We are not perfect, but our campus community has exhibited a strong and stable commitment to citizenship for a just world, something the broader world desperately needs right now. And on the strength of our commitment to that virtue, we must lead.

My friends and colleagues, these are indeed grave and extraordinary times.

Amidst the anguish of widespread protests over the past week, our state and communities continue to slowly re-engage in business and social activities curtailed by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Responsible Restart Ohio
I participated in a phone call with Gov. DeWine, the chancellor of higher education and the 22 other Ohio community college presidents on Saturday, May 30. While no formal announcement was made, I am confident that the state’s recommendations for autumn semester will closely follow the plan previously submitted to the governor by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC), which included a continuation of remote lectures with in-person lab and practicum experiences allowed under strict health protocols. While we await the governor’s recommendations, our Newark campus co-located partner, The Ohio State University, announced its plans for autumn semester this week. Those largely mirror the OACC plan, including utilizing a combination of in-person and distance instructional methods, social distancing, hand hygiene and limited density in indoor spaces. We will, or course, work closely with our Ohio State partner as we complete our own re-engagement plan, which I anticipate announcing in the coming weeks.

Capital Projects
Pataskala Campus
– Perhaps the most positive news I can share this week is that the state controlling board approved the release of previously secured capital appropriations for the COTC Pataskala campus renovation project. As you may recall, the Pataskala campus at 8660 E. Broad St. will undergo a complete renovation during 2020-21. When we return to on-campus engagement, all classes, advising, scheduling and other operations that would be held at the campus will be temporarily relocated to the COTC Pataskala Annex in the Pataskala City Administration building at 621 W. Broad St., 4.3 miles east on State Rt. 16/E. Broad St. We anticipate that the move out of the current building will be complete on or before June 26, and that the renovation project will be well underway this summer. The campus re-opening is anticipated for summer 2021.

Alford Center – Other good news to share is that during our long sojourn away from campus work on the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology on the Newark campus has continued. Approximately 35% of the project is complete overall and the project is still on schedule for substantial completion in March 2021. Click the live stream below and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the progress achieved in the past weeks.

As this week draws to a close, and with the resonance of our country shaken, I hope that you can each find hope as we recommit to work together in the spirit of justice and community.

Thank you for all that you do. Please know that your safety and welfare, in both body and spirit,  continue as our highest concern.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

 John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

May 29, 2020

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students,

I hope that your semester is progressing smoothly. The health and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority, and at this time, COTC is continuing operations almost exclusively in remote formats.

We understand that while some restrictions are being lifted regarding business and travel, many students are still experiencing unique challenges due to the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus. I want to remind you that there are multiple free support services offered by the college to help you achieve your educational goals. All are available remotely, including academic support offered by the Center for Student Success and counseling services through the Office of Student Life. Links to COTC support services as well as community services can be found on the college’s COVID-19 Stay Connected web page. Also, please continue to stay in touch with your academic advisor, faculty members and the Office of Student Financial Services. They are ready to assist you remotely; please do not hesitate to reach out to them directly at any time.

Restart Ohio
I understand, of course, that you are eager for news regarding any return to additional on-campus operations. I will participate in a phone call with Gov. DeWine and the 22 other Ohio community college presidents on Saturday, May 30. The purpose of this call is to discuss the Restart Ohio plan for higher education. I will continue to share information as it becomes available about any campus re-engagement, and I am pleased to see the statewide conversation moving this topic forward. Look for more on this in the following weeks.

 CARES Act Funding
Some very positive news I want to share this week regards COTC’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. To date, COTC has already disbursed $632,109 of the college’s $833,625 allocation; 557 applications were submitted with 365 students awarded funding. This demonstrates the urgent need for relief felt by many students, and I am so incredibly proud of how swiftly COTC has been able to implement these new procedures and get relief funds directly to students who need support the most. Thank you to the staff in Student Financial Services for a job well done! Information and a link to the CARES Act application form can be found here.

Finally, I hope that each of you can take some time this weekend to get outside in the beautiful weather to refresh both body and spirit. Being an engaged student is exceptionally demanding in any circumstance, and even more so now. I urge you to continue staying focused on your goals, but to also celebrate your daily accomplishments. We are so grateful that you are part of the COTC family.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

May 22, 2020

 

May 15, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College Students:

I hope that you have experienced an outstanding start to the summer semester. We’re honored that your academic journey includes Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), especially during this time of crisis. In upholding our commitment to providing access to high-quality technical education, I want to reiterate to you COTC’s “We’re Here for Our Students Promise,” in which COTC pledges to do everything it its power to ensure that your educational paths are not adversely affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 First and foremost, the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority, and as you know, COTC is continuing in remote instructional and student service formats as we begin our summer semester. We have been able to reinstate, though, a very limited number of face-to-face instructional activities for programs where some on-campus instruction is essential due to regulatory or accreditation requirements. Students in these courses will receive information directly from their instructors, and all activities will be conducted under very specific and highly controlled safety protocols. Decisions regarding any additional return to on-campus activities will be informed by the latest guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health, local health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Further, to help alleviate some of the challenges brought about by the pandemic, COTC will continue to offer limited computer and Wi-Fi access for students at each of our campuses. All CDC guidelines regarding social distancing will continue to be imposed at these settings, with additional, regular cleanings scheduled and sanitizing supplies available for student use.

Limited Access Student-Use Computers
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; IT support: 740.366.9244

  • Newark: John Gilbert Reese Center room 206 (call Public Safety for access – 740.366.9237)
  • Coshocton: Montgomery Hall, room 265 (PC lab), room 345 (Mac lab)
  • Knox: Ariel Hall, room 10 (PC lab)
  • Pataskala: Room 100

Wi-Fi access: Access to the campus Wi-Fi is available in the Adena Hall parking lot on the Newark campus. Connect to eduroam and enter your COTC student credentials to log in.

As the state of Ohio continues to lift stay-at-home directives for some employers and businesses, I urge each of you to continue practicing good hygiene, to take care of your health, use an abundance of caution and discretion when traveling, and to keep abreast of accurate information and developments of the virus by visiting the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health websites.

Please know that above all, COTC’s highest priorities are to keep you safe and to give you support to help you succeed in your chosen program. As the semester progresses, please continue to reach out to faculty and your academic advisors, and to utilize the resources listed on the college’s COVID-19 web page.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

May 8, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College Students:

I have always found the approach of each new semester to be a particularly hopeful and exciting time. It’s not only the occasion to begin enlivening, new academic pursuits, but it also offers the opportunity to pursue our dreams with renewed optimism and determination.

To our returning students, I hope that this break week afforded you the opportunity to refresh in body, mind and spirit. To our new students, we understand that you are undertaking this commitment in a time of uncertainty. To all – I wish you the best of success as you embark on this journey.

As we prepare for summer semester, if you have not already registered for classes please note that there’s still time to do so, but you must act quickly. Registration will close on Monday, May 11, the first day of the semester. There will be no late registrations.

Also, please remember that there are important financial resources available to you. Using funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, COTC is able to provide financial support in the form of emergency grant funding to students impacted by COVID-19. Also, COTC is in the enviable position of being able to offer more than $1 million dollars in scholarships to continuing and new students. As always, if you have any questions about financial assistance please contact The Office of Financial Aid at 740.366.9435 or by email.

As you begin the semester, I offer the sage words of the inspirational Helen Keller, who said, “A bend in the road is not the end of the road … unless you fail to make the turn.”

As your road continues to bend with the ongoing crisis, COTC promises to do everything in our power to ensure that your educational path is not adversely affected. And as you continue to negotiate any further “turns” in your path, COTC will be here to support you as you work toward achieving your educational goals.

Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

May 8, 2020

 

May 6, 2020

Spring 2020 graduates,

Congratulations on your achievement. It is with awe and appreciation that I acknowledge your accomplishment during a global health crisis.

Due to the continuing pandemic, we were sadly unable to hold our traditional commencement ceremony on May 1. Still, the college is committed to celebrating with you in person when it is safe to gather in large groups. It is our hope that we can hold and invite you to our next scheduled commencement ceremony in December. Details regarding a future in-person ceremony will be shared with you as our understanding of the coronavirus pandemic and its multifarious impact improves. Your diploma will be mailed to you in the coming weeks.

For now, we are preparing a virtual recognition to acknowledge and congratulate you. There is still time to submit your photograph for inclusion (but hurry – the deadline is midnight tonight). Connect with us on social media, where we can be found with the handle @COTCedu, to view this presentation. Also, please continue to check your COTC email for future announcements.

You found a way to succeed, and for that we are very proud of the class of spring 2020. Welcome to the COTC alumni family.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

May 1, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College Students:

Congratulations! We are so very proud of you for persisting during this trying time and for continuing in your academic journey. Now that our spring semester is officially finished, I hope that you take some moments to appreciate what you have accomplished. I do want to acknowledge with thanks the tremendous support of the COTC faculty and staff during this crisis, but it was your diligence and hard work that enabled you to finish your semester. Congratulations to each and every one of you.

Also, we understand that during this pandemic you may be struggling with many issues you never previously imagined. Please know that COTC is here to help. I ask that you take special note of the funding opportunities outlined below. As always, if you have any questions about financial assistance please contact The Office of Financial Aid at 740.366.9435 or by email.

CARES Act Emergency Grant Funding Available
Using funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, COTC is able to provide financial support in the form of emergency grant funding to our students impacted by COVID-19. The Office of Financial Aid is prepared to respond quickly to applications after determining eligibility based on each student’s circumstances.

What the grant can be used for:
Expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health and child/dependent care expenses.

Learn more and apply:
For more information, including a list of minimum eligibility requirements and a link to the grant application, click here.

$1 Million in Scholarships
COTC is also offering more than $1 million dollars in scholarships to continuing and new students, and those transferring from another institution. All admitted students who have submitted the 2020-2021 FAFSA will automatically be considered for scholarships; there is no separate scholarship application to complete. Learn more about COTC’s scholarship funding here.

Graduates
And to our spring graduates, whom we would have celebrated at our spring commencement today, we offer a very special congratulations. You’ll be receiving some immediate pieces of recognition and gratitude from COTC very soon, and each of you will be invited to walk on stage during our Autumn 2020 Commencement ceremony, currently scheduled for December 18. While we are all deeply disappointed that we cannot celebrate together now, we are so very proud to congratulate you as you complete this milestone. Welcome to the ranks of COTC alumni!

Take Care. Stay Healthy. Stay Helpful. Stay Hopeful.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

May 1, 2020

 

April 30, 2020

Dear Student:

Central Ohio Technical College knows that during these unprecedented times you may be grappling with issues you never imagined. Please know that we are here to support you with the circumstances that may have put unexpected demands on your educational goals and your personal lives. Using funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, COTC is able to provide financial support in the form of emergency grant funding to our students impacted by COVID-19.

To apply for the grant, complete the one-page Emergency Grant application.  The Office of Financial Aid is prepared to respond quickly to applications after determining eligibility based on each student’s circumstances.  

  • What the grant can be used for: Expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health and child/dependent care expenses.
  • Who is eligible: Students who complete the grant application and have demonstrated eligibility for federal financial aid.  
  • How grants will be awarded: If approved, funds will be disbursed to you via direct deposit or paper check. To expedite the receipt of funds, students are encouraged to set up direct deposit in myCOTC. All other refunds will be mailed to the student’s permanent address on file.

For questions or more information, click here or contact The Office of Financial Aid at 740-366-9435 or by email.

Together, we will get through this!

Sincerely,

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

Faith Phillips
Director, Financial Aid
Central Ohio Technical College

 

April 24, 2020

Dear student:

I hope this message finds you faring well during these unprecedented times. As you may have seen in the media, Congress recently passed, and the President signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. One intention of this act is to provide college students with emergency grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. Funding related to this act will be made available to Central Ohio Technical College students very soon.

We are preparing to make this funding available to COTC students as defined by the U.S. Department of Education rules. A key factor to qualify to receive the funding is a student’s demonstrated eligibility for federal financial aid. To apply for the CARES emergency funding, students must complete the 2019-2020 and/or the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.gov.

Which FAFSA do you submit?

  • If you are enrolling summer and/or autumn semester, file the 2020-2021 FAFSA.
  • If you are not enrolling summer or autumn AND you were enrolled spring semester, you must have the 2019-2020 FAFSA on file.

If you need assistance in completing the FAFSA, please click here for information and/ take advantage of this video resource.

Students who have already completed the 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 FAFSA do not need to complete the form again. Note that you do not need to receive Federal financial aid (Pell grants, student loans, etc.) in order to be eligible for the CARES Act funding. The funding being made available via the CARES Act is independent of federal financial aid and will not be calculated as a part of this or future years’ awards.

Central Ohio Technical College will send out a subsequent email with application instructions for the CARES Emergency Grant when the application is available. We are expecting funding to be available to students on or about May 1, 2020. Students who wish to apply for the emergency grant are strongly encouraged to signup for direct deposit on MYCOTC to expedite the disbursement process.

QUESTIONS:
Please contact The Office of Financial Aid at 740-366-9435 or by email.

 

April 24, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College Students:

As you complete your final projects and exams, I hope that you are well and continuing to take good care of yourselves and family members. I wish for you to stay well and finish strong! We are incredibly proud of all that you have accomplished.

I certainly understand that this past month under the stay-at-home directive has brought challenges to us all. That is undeniable. Today, though, I want to briefly shift away from those challenges to focus on something else I’m experiencing through this pandemic – gratitude.

I am grateful for our healthcare workers, first responders and essential employees (many of whom who are COTC students and graduates) working on the front lines in this fight. I am also grateful for our dedicated faculty and staff – they have admirably risen to the occasion of adapting quickly to our new remote formats. And I’m grateful for each of you – our students — who have entrusted COTC to help you meet your educational and career goals. I’m grateful for your resilience through this difficult time and for your understanding as we implemented unexpected new processes and methods of delivery.

I’m also grateful for the incredible community support COTC has long enjoyed. This long-standing support enabled us to announce last week the availability of more than $1 million in scholarships for continuing and new students. These scholarships combined with other forms of financial aid can be used for tuition and books as well as living expenses, with an allocation specifically for displaced workers impacted by the pandemic or those facing financial challenges or hardships due to COVID-19.

Additionally, COTC will soon have access to federal funds relating to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. One intention of this act is to provide college students with emergency grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. Look for emails with additional information and action steps on this critically important topic. As always, staff members in the Office of Financial Aid are ready to assist you with any questions by phone (740.366.9435) or by email.

We are a strong and resilient community. Please know that COTC will continue to support you in any way we can as we navigate this evolving situation together.

Stay well and stay safe,

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

April 17, 2020

 

April 10, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College students,

I hope that this finds each of you well and safe. These are challenging times for all, and as we near the end of the semester I want to thank each of you for not only your extraordinary dedication to your education but also for your patience and perseverance during this time of such uncertainty. Please know that above all, COTC’s highest priorities are to keep you safe and to give you support to help you succeed in your chosen program. Continue to reach out to faculty and your academic advisors, and to utilize the resources listed on the college’s COVID-19 web page. Every COTC department stands ready to assist you remotely.

For those who will be graduating this spring, we applaud your hard work and are extremely proud of your accomplishments! We understand and share your disappointment in not being able to recognize your achievements at our traditional spring commencement ceremony. While we have cancelled May commencement in light of the current health restrictions, you will each receive your diploma or certificate by mail. We do look forward to celebrating with you in person at a full graduation ceremony at a later date. The details as to when it will be safe for such a large event to occur are still yet-to-be-determined, and we will inform you as soon as a date can be finalized. For now, know that we will not let this important moment pass without some salute to each of you. So watch your mail (electronic and home) for items of congratulations from COTC. Also, watch your local media for recognition of your achievement!

For students continuing at COTC, as you know, registration is now open for summer semester and will continue until May 11, the first day of classes. I want to reiterate that your safety is our priority, so all courses and student services will continue to be delivered remotely indefinitely.

I also want to reiterate COTC’s commitment to you during this extraordinary time. Last week we outlined the college’s “We’re Here for Our Students Promise.” I want to take this time to reinforce our pledge to you of extended support during this pandemic.

In continuing our student-first philosophy,

  • COTC promises to do everything in its power to ensure that your educational paths are not adversely affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To ensure continued access, all student services including academic support, advising, tutoring, counseling and financial aid are being offered remotely.
  • Students whose clinical or practicum experiences are disrupted due to COVID-19 will be able to continue their course sequence without having to worry about repeating a course. Students should talk to their academic advisor for more information.
  • COTC will do everything it can to ensure students receiving federal financial aid are not adversely affected by a course, clinical or practicum disruption.

Finally, I ask that each of you take time to care for yourselves and family members during this crisis. We are all experiencing stress and anxiety in such a time of deep uncertainty. There are support resources in our communities for those facing job losses, food insecurity, health concerns or other issues, and I encourage you to seek assistance for yourself or family members. Below is a partial list of local resources.

 Stay well and stay safe,

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

Resources:

United Way

COTC Counseling Services

Health Departments
Ohio Department of Health
Licking County
Coshocton County
Knox County

Food Pantries
Food Pantry Network of Licking County
Mid-Ohio Food Bank

 

March 26, 2020

Dear COTC Community,

Now that we have almost completed our first week of fully remote services, I want to thank each of you for your patience and persistence during this extraordinary time. I hope you have taken the opportunity to read and review the various messages regarding steps we have taken in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If not, I encourage you to visit our website where you can find the messages, along with other relevant and up-to-date information.

My sincere thanks to the dedicated people from state government to our respective Licking, Knox and Coshocton counties who have been working tirelessly as we monitor this public health crisis and developing plans for our campus. Our efforts are being done with the highest regard for the greater good of the Central Ohio Technical College community as well as the people who live in the surrounding region and are also affected by this dangerous virus.

The announcements we have rendered thus far are the first of many as we address a constantly changing situation involving significant uncertainty ahead. I am sure many of you have questions and, quite frankly, there are some that we are still contemplating as the situation unfolds. Nonetheless, we will do our best to make decisions and keep the community apprised.

For the moment, however, I would like to simply take pause from the planning and logistics, and provide some thoughts on the current global crisis, our campus situation, and the impact it is having on each of us in a personal and emotional way.

Certainly the COTC community — along with other communities across the nation and the globe — is confronting some very serious challenges. I understand that the never-ending stream of disturbing news, cancellations, and changes to life as we know it weigh heavily on many of us. Indeed, the next few weeks, perhaps months, may be unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime.

At the same time, I am confident that together we will reach the other side of this crisis and that campus life will return to normal. The preventative measures being taken by organizations such as cities, colleges, and sports leagues are critical to confronting this health emergency. At this point, as medical experts work toward positive solutions — which I am confident they will — the best course of action in defeating this outbreak is to undertake aggressive public measures to slow the spread of the virus and to protect our health system from undue burden.

To our students, especially those who participate in hands-on learning experiences, clinicals, internships, and many other activities that cannot be conducted online, I know the safety measures we and our partnering organizations have taken may be deeply disappointing. You have worked extraordinarily hard to engage in these opportunities, and I regret that this period of your college experience is subject to such uncertainty. As a parent and as your president, I wish I could prevent this. But my highest priority is to keep you safe. My commitment to each of you is that we will do everything in our power to keep you moving forward to your goal of academic achievement.

To our faculty and staff, I want to thank you for your support, flexibility and willingness to roll up your sleeves as we do our absolute best on behalf of our students. I recognize that you are doing the great work of the college in pursuit of our educational mission and the well-being of our students, all while you may be experiencing your own anxiety and uncertainty. I consider myself fortunate to be working alongside you through this challenge and can’t imagine a group of academic professionals better positioned for success. I am committed to ensuring the college does everything it can to provide support to you and your families.

I ask all of you for your understanding as our plans evolve and change. We have caring and talented people assessing the appropriate course of action for Central Ohio Technical College, but I recognize that our plans may have unexpected ramifications and unintended consequences. I can assure you that while we do not have perfect vision of the manner in which this crisis will be resolved or when our campus life will return to normal, we are doing our absolute best to ensure the well-being of our campus and greater community. I ask for your patience and, as always, appreciate your support.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

March 23, 2020

Dear Central Ohio Technical College Community:

Like many governments and institutions, to formalize some of the modifications Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) has made in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am today declaring a college state of emergency. This declaration is pursuant to COTC’s Short-Term Closing and State of Emergency Policy (policy 2.6.21). This declaration provides context for college leadership to ensure continuity of services to students and the public during extreme conditions and make a variety of financial decisions over an extended period of time. The emergency designation will be reviewed on a weekly basis as circumstances evolve.

COTC remains open with a number of restrictions that have already been announced.

The weeks ahead will be challenging, and I am certain of this community’s strength and resilience.

COTC remains committed to ensuring the health and welfare of all faculty, staff and students. As we begin offering all face-to-face college services remotely this week, I want to thank our faculty and staff again for your hard work, dedication and creativity in working through the unprecedented challenges brought about by the worldwide spread of COVID-19. You have demonstrated time and again over the past weeks your commitment to delivering our educational mission.

Stay well.

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

March 23, 2020

To all students, faculty and staff,

The Newark campus bookstore, which is operated by Barnes & Noble, will close effective tomorrow March 24, 2020, with a tentative plan to re-open on Monday, April 6, 2020. This closure is to comply with Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home directive.

Full details are still developing and we encourage all students, faculty and staff to visit the Newark campus bookstore webpage, which will be updated with information regarding rentals and other specifics as soon as additional information is available.

Questions can be directed to Barnes & Noble customer service.

John M. Berry, PhD
President, Central Ohio Technical College

William L. MacDonald, PhD
Dean/Director, The Ohio State University at Newark

 

March 20, 2020

To all Central Ohio Technical College Students,

First and foremost, the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority. To that end, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will take further steps to reduce spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ensure that our students, faculty and staff remain safe.

Effective Monday, March 23, COTC’s four campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala) will offer all face-to-face services through remote delivery methods only. Faculty, advisors and staff members in all college offices are ready to assist you through email, phone and other remote options. Please review our student resources web page for guidance on how to remotely access all student services.

We understand that these changes will create further disruption.

To help alleviate some of those challenges, COTC will offer limited computer and Wi-Fi access for students at each of our campuses. All CDC guidelines regarding social distancing will be imposed at these settings, with additional, regular cleanings scheduled and sanitizing supplies available for student use.

Limited Access Student-Use Computers
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; IT support: 740.366.9244

  • Newark: John Gilbert Reese Center, room 206 (call Public Safety for access – 740.366.9237)
  • Coshocton: room 210
  • Knox: room 100
  • Pataskala: room 100

Please know that we are ready to help you explore multiple alternative options to complete your coursework, and I encourage each of you to reach out to faculty members or your academic advisor with any questions during this challenging time. Before making any academic decisions, I ask you to consult with a Gateway or Office of Financial Aid representative.

Spamming/Phishing Scams: Please be very careful about clicking on links and double-check the identity of emails you receive. Spammers are very active and are looking to take advantage of students and institutions. COTC faculty and staff will never ask you for personal information via email. Additionally, if you have questions about an email you received, it’s always best to write an email to your faculty member to ensure the information is legitimate. Please do not reply to any suspicious emails.

We are a strong and resilient community, and we will all need to support each other as we navigate this evolving situation together.

Find all official college communications as well as links to student resources and health and hygiene links on the college’s coronavirus web page.

Sincerely,

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

March 20, 2020

 

March 13, 2020

Members of the Central Ohio Technical College Community:

Thank you for your continued cooperation and collaboration related to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). Today, I announce additional measures in our response to reduce the potential spread of the virus, and to help ensure that our faculty, staff and students have time to prepare for Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement regarding the temporary closing of all K-12 institutions in the state. We know that adapting to these new circumstances will require planning and patience throughout our community.

March 16 – 20 Most Classes (face to face, online, labs) are Canceled
COTC is canceling most face-to-face classes, all online classes, and all lab sections at all four of our campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala) for the week of Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20.

Exceptions:

  • All nursing clinical experiences
  • Peace Officer Basic Training classes

Please note that all clinicals in COTC’s nursing programs as well as COTC’s Peace Officer Basic Training classes will continue as scheduled during this time. All other healthcare clinicals and all COTC practicums and internships are canceled for the week of March 16-20.

COTC classes offered at other locations will operate according to each individual institution’s schedule during this time. This includes classes held at:

  • C-TEC
  • Ohio Fire Academy
  • Knox Technical Center
  • Area high schools

Students should check with their respective provider to determine their schedule if they have classes at any of the above locations.

March 23-27

COTC will transition all face-to-face classes and most labs to a remote method of instruction, which will remain in effect indefinitely.

 Please note, the college is not closed, and we do not intend to do so at this time. Students who are symptom free are welcome to continue to utilize the campus library, computer labs and common areas. In addition, students are free to access their college’s wi-fi network when on campus. The Gateway office will remain open and available to assist current students, prospective students and their families who are symptom free. The Gateway will provide alternative options for students who would like to access Gateway services virtually. While services and amenities may be limited on campus, we remain committed to providing quality teaching and learning and exceptional customer service.

While social distancing is just one of the ways to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, you are strongly encouraged to continue practicing good hygiene, take care of your health, use an abundance of caution and discretion when traveling, and keep abreast of accurate information and developments of the virus by visiting the Centers for Disease Control website. The College will also continue with its enhanced cleaning standards, providing disinfecting wipes for offices and laboratories, and maintaining hand sanitizer stations throughout campus.

The safety of our campus community is our top priority and while these measures will create disruption, I call on all members of our college community to respond to this extraordinary circumstance with patience, kindness and resilience. Thank you for your efforts to provide a safe environment for all our campus community.

All official communication regarding the college’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak will be communicated from the Office of the President. Find all communications as well as health and hygiene links on the college’s coronavirus web page u.cotc.edu/covid19updates.

Sincerely,

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

March 11, 2020

Members of the Central Ohio Technical College Community:

We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and continue to align our procedures to follow the guidelines from local, state and federal officials, and medical experts.

I convened a meeting of the college’s senior leadership to formalize the college’s preparations and response. While there are no college-associated cases of COVID-19 and the risk of local transmission is low, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will follow Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendations to take immediate action to minimize the risk of exposure and slow the spread of this virus in our communities.

COTC is canceling most face-to-face classes and lab sections at all four of our campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala) upon the return from spring break, Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, to allow our faculty time to prepare for remote methods of instruction. However, during these two days, healthcare clinicals, COTC Peace Officer Basic Training classes, as well as COTC classes held at C-TEC, the Ohio Fire Academy, Knox Technical Center, area high schools and online will operate normally.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, COTC will move all face-to-face instruction to a remote instructional format. Practicums, internships, most laboratory experiences, healthcare clinicals, COTC Peace Officer Basic Training classes, COTC classes held at C-TEC, the Ohio Fire Academy, Knox Technical Center, area high schools and online will continue as scheduled, though extra measures to minimize group settings will be reevaluated on an ongoing basis. Social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures are actively encouraged.

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. We will share updates and modifications as more information is available.

During this time, all of our campus locations will remain open for regular business hours. Staff members are expected to report to work during their regularly scheduled work hours. Additional information for faculty and students will be forthcoming. Recommendations regarding college events, student support services, business travel and other college services will also be forthcoming.

This situation is evolving rapidly. Please be aware that these guidelines and policies may change. I encourage you to check the CDC website and the Ohio Department of Health website regularly for up-to-date information.

The safety of our campus community is our top priority, and while these measures will create disruption I call on all members of our college community to respond to this extraordinary circumstance with patience, kindness and resilience. Thank you for your efforts to provide a safe environment for all of our campus community.

Sincerely,

John M. Berry, PhD
President
Central Ohio Technical College

 

March 4, 2020

I write to provide an update related to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. One person in Ohio is currently under investigation for the virus with lab results pending. To date, seven persons in Ohio have been tested with negative results, and the state continues to be considered a low risk area. However, we are continuing to monitor the guidelines and recommendations from local, state and federal officials during this quickly evolving situation.

With spring break approaching, I want to remind everyone in our COTC community to continue good hygiene practices wherever you may be. We should all take a proactive approach to campus and general health.

  • Get a flu shot immediately if you have not received one.
  • Follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to avoid all nonessential travel, which currently includes travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. There are currently no travel restrictions within the continental United States. Please continue to monitor the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories associated with COVID-19.
  • Implement the personal prevention protection methods used to prevent flu and other infectious disease.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

I encourage you to check the CDC web site and the Ohio Department of Health web site regularly for up-to-date information.

We will continue to stay in close contact with government and local healthcare officials and provide updates as the landscape regarding this outbreak evolves.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVISlru-fQA&feature=youtu.be