COTC Helping Students Complete Their Degrees with Efficiency, Ohio, June 1, 2017Students at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) are completing their associate degrees faster and more efficiently than other community college students in the state. According to the most recently released data reported by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, students who started an associate degree at COTC in 2012 graduated in 3.7 years. That figure is lower than the overall Ohio community college number of 4.3 years.

 "Our goal is to get students the skills and knowledge they need to enter the workforce in their chosen career," said Vice President of Academic Affairs Lauri White. "Our faculty and staff work with students providing degree planning tools to streamline the degree process. It is nice to see this work paying off."

Students coming to COTC to earn a certificate are also doing it faster in comparison to the state's other community colleges. A student who started a certificate program in 2012 finished in 1.7 years. That figure is nearly two years less than the overall Ohio community college certificate completion time of 3.3 years.

"Essentially, our graduates are taking a shorter amount of time to complete their degrees or certificates than others in Ohio, and they are taking fewer credits to complete their program," said Institutional Research and Effectiveness Director Chris Doll. "We are keeping our students on track and making sure they reach the finish line in an efficient manner."

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.​​