NEWARK, Ohio, Oct. 25, 2017—Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) alumni represented 37 percent of those recently honored as Licking Memorial Health Systems’ (LMHS) 2017 MVPs. The honorees are part of an elite group of LMHS employees annually chosen for their consistent demonstration of the LMHS Cares values: compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.
"Licking Memorial Health Systems has been fortunate to employ many graduates from a variety of COTC programs," said Rob Montagnese, LMHS president & CEO and vice chairman of the COTC Board of Trustees. "COTC not only provides excellent technical training, but also prepares their students to become successful, high-caliber employees within the workforce."
MVP Brandon Wilson is a Registered Nurse in the Oncology Department at Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH), where he administers chemotherapy drugs and blood products to hematology/oncology patients. A 2011 graduate of Granville High School, Wilson earned an associate degree in nursing technology at COTC in 2014.
Affordability and convenience were two strong factors that led Wilson to choose COTC.
“I loved my time at COTC,” said Wilson. “It was close to home, which worked out really well for me. I was able to save a lot of money on college expenses by living at home while I was in school. Getting my degree at COTC really paid off for me.”
Access to expert faculty was another COTC advantage.
“Small class sizes and personalized attention from the faculty are other great aspects of the COTC nursing program,” noted Wilson. The professors are very approachable, and they go out of their way to help you.”
“We are thrilled to learn of yet another affirmation of COTC’s premier standing in meeting the technical education and training needs of employers in the area,” said Sandra Walker, E.J.D., M.S., R.N., COTC dean for health sciences and nursing programs
administrator. “We are incredibly proud that Licking Memorial Health Systems has chosen so many of our alumni for this distinction.”
Medical careers run in his family, noted Wilson, whose grandmother worked as a nurse for more than 40 years. Plus, with his own affinity toward math and science courses, pursuing a nursing career was a natural option. Wilson also credits his experience working part time as a nurses aide at LMH while pursuing his degree as an important step that helped confirm his passion for the field. Shortly after graduation Wilson passed his National Council Licensure Examination, enabling him to move into an R.N. position at LMH. The Newark resident also then leveraged his COTC associate degree by enrolling in a Bachelor of Nursing program at Ohio University, which he completed in spring 2017.
With his nursing career in full swing, Wilson is thankful for the opportunities he’s received at both COTC and LMHS, but is quick to point out the most gratifying aspect of his work—building relationships with his patients.
“Nursing by its nature is a very empathetic field,” he said. “And in Oncology, some of my patients return for treatment on a regular basis, so I have the opportunity to get to know them pretty well. It’s that connection that means the most—and I believe it’s an important part in helping them get better. That’s definitely the best part of my job.”
Employment of R.N.s is expected to grow 16 percent nationwide from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
At COTC, students receive hands-on training with acknowledged content experts. One hundred percent of the nursing full-time faculty hold one or more master’s degrees, and nursing full-time faculty and administrators hold 523 combined years of experience.
offered in practical nursing (one-year certificate), State Tested Nurse Aide and surgical technology (oneyear certificate).
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. 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. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.