COTC’s Lifelong Learning Institute Presents Human Trafficking Program

NEWARK, Ohio, January 22, 2016 – Those who attended the Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) program titled Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery had their eyes opened. The program took place on Wednesday, January 20 in the Reese Center on the Newark Campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark.

The course was presented by April Cohagen-Gibson, an instructor of Criminal Justice who focuses on victimology, ​probation & parole, private security, juvenile crime, and criminal law. She is also a unit instructor with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission, teaching in police academies throughout the state of Ohio. She educates future cadets on professionalism, ethics, and juvenile justice, as well as human relations including: domestic violence, crisis intervention, child abuse, neglect, the missing, and human trafficking.

Human trafficking is the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Cohagen-Gibson told those in attendance that human traffickers are not always career criminals. “It is not who you think it is. You would be surprised.”

During this informational session, participants were educated on the scope of human trafficking both internationally and within the United States, plus they carefully surveyed the two most common forms of human trafficking: sex trade and labor trade, as well as the difference between human trafficking and alien smuggling.

“Human Trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal enterprise behind narcotics, according to the U.S. State Department,” said Cohagen-Gibson. “Human traffickers recruit from schools, youth centers, malls and churches. It is high profit, low risk.”

The next program offering through the Lifelong Learning Institute is titled “MAC 201: The Next Level of Mastering the Mac Computer.” It will be offered as a four-part series by Gregg Montgomery, from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25, at the COTC Pataskala Campus.

Also coming up are programs on Lake Erie Critical Issues (Friday, February 5) and Beginning Genealogical Research (Monday, February 8), each from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the COTC Pataskala Campus.

To learn more about programs available through the Lifelong Learning Institute at COTC, contact Vicki Maple, Director, at phone 740-364-9565, or email Information is also available online at

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.