COTC Instructor Recognized for Excellence in Education and the Arts

NEWARK, Ohio, October 8, 2019 — Bryan Ghiloni, a part-time instructor in digital media design technology  (DMD) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), recently received two awards: one for his commitment to education and one for his passion and excellence in his career as a professional photographer and artist. 

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On October 4, Ghiloni received the 2019 Distinguished Adjunct Teacher award at the Ohio Communication Association's annual conference in Cincinnati. During the ceremony on Friday night, COTC Assistant Professor James Jarc, EdD, introduced Ghiloni saying, "Bryan has been an incredible asset in our department over the last few years. He has incredible creative energy and brings a tremendous amount of professional experience to the job. Students really appreciate having an instructor that's accomplished so much in the industry." DMD Lead Instructor Leslie Najjar agrees. "Bryan does a wonderful job with our students," she said. "He's a strong teacher as well as an excellent mentor for students that do internships at his photography studio." 

His studio, Bryan Ghiloni Photography, has been selected for the 2019 Best of Newark Award in the photographer category by the Newark Award Program. Each year, the Newark Award Program identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Recipients are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies help make the Newark area a great place to live, work and play.

Ghiloni has been a part of the COTC community for many years and has taught a number of courses in DMD including photography, digital video, graphic design and mass media communication. Ghiloni also oversees the DMD portfolio course and student portfolio show in which students prepare and present the work they have completed during their time at COTC. Ghiloni attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he graduated with double majors in photography and graphic design, achieving honors in each. He spent three years in New York City making art and working internships with world-renowned photographers, Joyce Tennesson and Arnold Newman. 

COTC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media Design Technology with two options for specialization, graphic design or web design – some choose to learn both. The program's curriculum is a broad and intensive exploration of the process and the business of digital design. Students study the principles of design, color theory, social media and typography, while taking practical courses in specific digital software programs that reflect current industry standards. Skills taught include critical thinking, design approaches, the underlying theories of digital media, and a variety of digital media production techniques.

To learn more about COTC's digital media design technology program, visit

The Ohio Communication Association is one of the country's oldest continually operating academic and professional organizations in the communication discipline. Each year, the organization gives out several awards in categories such as distinguished scholar, teacher, adjunct teacher, student organization, undergraduate and graduate student, service and innovation. Learn more about the organization online at

Pictured L-R: L-R: Bryan Ghiloni, Ohio Communication Association Vice President Amber Ferris and James Jarc

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.