COTC to Offer More Than $1 Million in Scholarships

April 16, 2020

Get career training help for job loss and financial challenges from COVID-19

Community members who have lost their jobs or are facing financial challenges or hardships due to COVID-19 can get financial help for career training from Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). More than $1 million in scholarships will be available to help new students, those transferring from another institution and continuing students, with a special allocation specifically for displaced workers impacted by the pandemic. These scholarships combined with other forms of financial aid can be used for tuition and books as well as living expenses. In some cases students could receive enough funding to cover 100% of their tuition and have funds left to assist with living expenses. Scholarships are available for the 2020-2021 academic year, which begins with the opening of COTC’s summer semester on May 11. Learn more about scholarships, steps to enroll and COTC’s academic programs at go.cotc.edu/covidscholarship.

“If you’ve lost your job or need to train for a new career – even if you’ve never thought about going to college – we want you to know that COTC is here to help you,” said COTC President John M. Berry, PhD.

All students who apply, are admitted to COTC and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will automatically be considered for scholarships; there is no separate scholarship application to complete. Regular admission to a degree or certificate program is open to all who have earned a high school diploma, completed home schooling at the secondary level or passed the General Education Development (GED) test. COTC may also grant prior-learning credit for certain life and career experiences.

  • To be eligible for scholarships, take these steps:Community members who have never attended COTC will need to submit the free application for admission at cotc.edu/apply.
    File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov as soon as possible.
    Enroll for a minimum of six credit hours per semester in a degree or certificate program.

COTC is accepting applications for summer semester 2020, which begins on May 11, and autumn semester 2020, which begins on August 25. Class registration for COTC’s summer semester is now open and will continue until the first day of classes. Due to COVID-19, all courses and student services will continue to be delivered in a remote format indefinitely. To speak with an admissions counselor, email to cotcadmissions@mail.cotc.edu or call any of COTC’s four campus locations:

Newark: 740.366.9222
Coshocton: 740.622.1408
Knox: 740.392.2526
Pataskala: 740.755.7090

Learn more at cotc.edu/admissions.

COTC graduates enter the workforce fast
COTC offers both certificate programs that can be completed in as little as one or two semesters and two-year associate degrees. The college’s in-demand programs offer training in some of the fastest-growing careers in the state, including healthcare, business and IT, engineering, and public services and safety.

 

2020 Concert and Fireworks Cancelled

April 16, 2020

After careful deliberation and with a deep sense of responsibility for the well-being of our community, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark announce that the 2020 Independence Day concert and fireworks event at the shared Newark campus has been cancelled. The annual family-friendly event, jointly sponsored by COTC, Ohio State Newark and the Gilbert Reese Family Foundation, has been a long-standing free gift to the community. The annual COTC and Ohio State Newark alumni celebrations held in conjunction with the event have also been cancelled.

 

COTC’s WDIC Makes Virtual Training Available to Help Local Employers Ready for Future Needs

April 7, 2020

The Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recognizes that area employers are the engine that will continue to drive the local economy. While urgent workforce needs have shifted dramatically in the last weeks, many area employers are taking proactive steps now to upskill staff remotely in preparation for future increased productivity demands. To support local employers, the WDIC is now offering its frequently requested employee training programs in a remote format.

WDIC Employee Training Now Available Remotely:

  • Leading Effective Virtual (or in person) Meetings
  • Core Communication: The Basics of Communicating Effectively
  • Maximize Your Communication: Including a Communication Style Assessment
  • Customer Experience & the Hierarchy of Customer Needs
  • Learning to Lead: Shifting from an Employee to a Leadership Mindset
  • Excel Basic, Excel Intermediate, and Excel Advanced
  • Lean Processes for Every Work Environment
  • Lean/ Six Sigma White Belt training
  • Computer Applications (Word, Power Point, Excel, & MS Project)
  • Ohio TechCred training provider: Employers could receive up to a $2,000 reimbursement for each approved credential employees earn. Read about Ohio’s TechCred program at ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/techcred/apply.
  • VitalPass Leadership, Sales, and Organizational Effectiveness Series
  • VitalPass Leadership Essentials Series

Stackable Training Modules
E-learning modules designed to be completed individually or to complement each other in a series are also available. For example, a need for communication development training could include three e-learning courses such as Listening, Body Language and Reframing the Question/Response. All e-learning modules can be tailored for specific employee and organizational needs.

To register or learn more about these programs, please visit cotc.edu/wdic or contact Vicki Maple, EdD, vice president, economic development and workforce solutions, at 740.364.9565 or maple.2571@mail.cotc.edu.

The WDIC is committed to improving the skills of the local workforce and to grow economic development in Ohio, providing a competitive edge and furthering the mission of COTC to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area.

 

COTC Announces Bold and Supportive “We’re Here for Our Students Promise”

April 3, 2020

Summer semester registration open

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is taking bold and supportive measures to ensure that its students’ educations are not adversely affected during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In honoring its commitment to providing access to high-quality technical education, COTC will offer its traditional 12-week summer semester beginning on May 11 as originally scheduled. Due to COVID-19, all courses and student services will continue to be delivered in a remote format indefinitely. Students will have uninterrupted access to a nearly full roster of both general education and technical courses, allowing both new and current students to advance in their career and academic paths.

“We’re Here for Our Students Promise”

During this extraordinary time, COTC pledges new measures and extended support for students during this crisis.

 In continuing its student-first philosophy, COTC announces its “We’re Here for Our Students Promise.”

  • COTC promises to do everything in its power to ensure that students’ 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.

COTC is accepting applications for summer semester 2020, which begins on May 11, and autumn semester 2020, which begins on August 25. Learn more at cotc.edu/admissions. To speak with an admissions counselor, email to cotcadmissions@mail.cotc.edu or call any of COTC’s four campus locations:

Newark: 740.366.9222
Coshocton: 740.622.1408
Knox: 740.392.2526
Pataskala: 740.755.7090

Registration for summer semester is now open and will continue until May 11, the first day of classes. The summer 2020 course schedule will be available on Monday, April 6.

 

COTC Removes Barriers to Summer and Fall Enrollment

April 2, 2020

Moves to test optional admissions

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is eliminating enrollment barriers for community members who want to get onto a career path now. The college has temporarily modified its admissions policy to “test optional” through autumn 2020 to allow all who want to take advantage of COTC’s career training and upskilling opportunities to enroll without delay. With American College Testing (ACT) test dates postponed and Accuplacer tests currently unavailable online, the college’s test optional policy will allow students to still apply and be admitted for upcoming semesters.

“COTC is here to help students in any way we can,” said COTC Provost Eric A. Heiser, PhD. “Access to career training is critically important for our communities, and changing to a test-optional policy will allow students to complete the application process and register for classes.”

College officials will use multiple measures in assessing a student’s transcripts to determine course placement. Once normal operations and testing resume, students can, without penalty, change their course placements if needed. COTC is offering all classes remotely until further notice due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Applicants to COTC healthcare programs will still need to complete the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). TEAS tests will be given virtually; students in these programs should reach out to their academic advisor for additional information.

Current high school or middle school students must have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) to enroll in College Credit Plus classes.

COTC is accepting applications for summer semester 2020, which begins on May 11, and autumn semester 2020, which begins on August 25. Learn more at cotc.edu/admissions. To speak with an admissions counselor, email to cotcadmissions@mail.cotc.edu or call any of COTC’s four campus locations:

Newark: 740.366.9222
Coshocton: 740.622.1408
Knox: 740.392.2526
Pataskala: 740.755.7090

 

Ohio State Newark/COTC Cancel All Events through June 30

March 31, 2020

Following guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding limiting spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark have extended the cancellation of all student and public events through the end of June. The institutions had previously cancelled all student and public events scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester (which concludes on May 1, 2020).

This includes:

  • All COTC events scheduled to be held on or off campus, including at all four COTC campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala)
  • All Ohio State Newark events scheduled to be held on or off campus and at the SciDome at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology
  • All events sponsored by COTC’s Workforce Development Innovation Center and Lifelong Learning Institute, including those held on campus and at the West Licking County Family YMCA
  • Public and private events scheduled to be held at any of these campus locations, including ACT testing, the Heisey Wind Ensemble concert on April 25 and the Senior Living Expo on May 21

New-student orientation and admissions sessions continuing virtually
All college and university services for current, newly admitted and prospective students at both Ohio State Newark and COTC are being offered remotely until further notice.

Ohio State Newark admitted students can find helpful resources regarding next steps in the enrollment process, including interviews and presentations at go.osu.edu/admittedstudents. For questions or to speak with a member of the admissions team, please call 740.366.9333 or email to Newark-askabuckeye@osu.edu.

COTC admitted students can contact COTC Gateway Admissions at cotcadmissions@mail.cotc.edu; continuing students can contact Academic Advising at cotcadvising@mail.cotc.edu or call any of COTC’s four campus locations.

  • Newark campus: 740.366.9222
  • Coshocton campus: 740.622.1408
  • Knox campus: 740.392.2526
  • Pataskala campus: 740.755.7090

COTC Commencement
COTC’s spring commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 1, will be postponed. The college will continue to evaluate information as the situation progresses and communicate a decision as to a rescheduled date in the coming weeks. Even though the commencement ceremony is postponed, students who have successfully completed their associate degree or certificate will be mailed their diploma or certificate after the end of the semester.

Ohio State Newark Graduation Celebration and Ohio State Commencement
Ohio State Newark’s annual Graduation Celebration to recognize students who complete a majority of their degree programs at the Newark campus is cancelled. The Ohio State University’s spring commencement ceremony is postponed.

Ohio State Newark Buckeye Leadership Camp and Ohio State Newark Summer Enrichment Camp
Ohio State Newark’s summer camps for middle and high school students are cancelled. Registrants will be contacted by Diane Kanney, Ohio State Newark director of enrollment, regarding any refunds.

Annual Independence Day Concert & Fireworks
Campus leadership will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make a decision regarding this event in the coming weeks.

 

COTC and Ohio State Newark Moving to Modified Campus Operations Beginning March 23

March 19, 2020

The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College’s (COTC) four campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala) will implement modified campus operations beginning Monday, March 23, and continue indefinitely. Both institutions will remain open for business remotely – all campus buildings will be closed to the public and no in-person services will be available. Staff will only be available via email, and many offices will be available through regular business phone numbers. Teleworking will be implemented where possible for all staff members. There will be a limited onsite presence to maintain business continuity, including public safety and security and facilities staff.

Both institutions have moved most classroom and all lab sections as well as all student services to remote delivery methods for the remainder of the semester. Unless otherwise noted, all clinicals, practicums and internships are suspended indefinitely.

Rotary Park Playground and Pavilion at 925 Sharon Valley Road, Newark, which is managed by the shared campus, will also be closed indefinitely.

 

Ohio State Newark/COTC Cancel All Events for Remainder of Semester

March 17, 2020

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent recommendation to limit or cancel all gatherings, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark have cancelled all student and public events scheduled for the remainder of the semester (which concludes on May 1, 2020).

This includes:

  • All COTC events scheduled to be held on or off campus, including at all four COTC campus locations (Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala)
  • All Ohio State Newark events scheduled to be held on or off campus and at the SciDome at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology
  • All events sponsored by COTC’s Workforce Development Innovation Center and Lifelong Learning Institute, including those held on campus and at the West Licking County Family YMCA
  • Public and private events scheduled to be held at any of these campus locations, including ACT testing, the Heisey Wind Ensemble concert on April 25 and the United Methodist Church egg hunt on April 4

A limited number of larger campus events may be transitioned to a virtual format. In those instances when an event will transition to another format, event organizers will reach out directly to participants and a message with additional information will be communicated on the COTC and/or Ohio State Newark web sites.

One Book/One Community Author Discussion and Book Signing

What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

The on-campus event scheduled for April 13 is cancelled, however, a limited number of complimentary copies of the book are still available. Individuals can request that a complimentary copy be mailed to their home by contacting walsh.276@osu.edu or 740.364.9514.

COTC Commencement

COTC’s spring commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 1, will be postponed. The college will continue to evaluate information as the situation progresses and communicate a decision as to a rescheduled date in the coming weeks. Even though the commencement ceremony is postponed, students who have successfully completed their associate degree or certificate will be mailed their diploma or certificate after the end of the semester.

Ohio State Newark Graduation Celebration and Ohio State Commencement

Ohio State Newark’s annual Graduation Celebration to recognize students who complete a majority of their degree programs at the Newark campus is cancelled. The Ohio State University previously announced that the university’s spring commencement ceremony is postponed.

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