Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is a state-assisted, post-secondary institution of higher education offering associate degree and certificate programs in business, health, engineering and public service technologies.
The college is located in Newark about 40 miles east of Columbus. The college shares the 177-acre Newark campus and some personnel and services with The Ohio State University at Newark. Classes are also offered at full-service locations at Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala extended campuses.
COTC and Ohio State Newark have separate governing boards of trustees, faculties and programs. Students share in social, sporting and cultural activities and are considered one student body. Opportunities exist for students to take classes from the other institutions through a liberal cross-registration policy.
Over 4000 students are enrolled at COTC each year. The college has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges since 1975. More than 9,000 students have been graduated.
The COTC service district includes Licking, Knox and Coshocton counties, an area of 1,778 square miles and home for more than 221,000 people. About 90 percent of the students come from this district. They average 28 years of age and about 60 percent are part-time students.
The faculty and administrators are continually evaluating the technical and general education curricula to ensure that the college is meeting the employment needs of Central Ohio. Technology advisory committees, composed of professionals, labor representatives and others play an important role in this process.
Faculty members are carefully selected for their academic credentials as well as for their actual work experience in technical fields.
COTC's technology programs are organized within four academic areas: Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business and Information Technologies, Health Technologies and Human Services, and Public Safety. Each technology program at COTC includes general education courses the college regards as essential for the education of every student. These studies allow a student to acquire
the necessary abilities to obtain and keep a job, listen and read with understanding, speak and write clearly, think soundly and employ mathematics quickly and
Most COTC graduates immediately enter the job market.
Some graduates choose to continue their work at another college or university. The college has articulation agreements with a number of four-year institutions in Ohio.