COTC Represented at Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit

​NEWARK, Ohio, October 18, 2016 – Three Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students represented the college at this year's Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit at the University of Dayton on Friday, Oct. 14. The goal of the summit was to actively engage with college students on issues that affect childhood poverty, including health and hunger, education and education security.​


President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., chose Gabriella Campbell, John Gordon and Braden Patchett from a number of qualified applicants to attend the summit. They created a presentation that showcased the COTC campus' civic engagement initiatives that tackle a facet of childhood poverty in the community.

"I was a little nervous, but more excited. It gave me a little experience and knowledge to take with me later on," Campbell said.

The team presented on COTC's College Aspire program, egg drop competition and STEMFest!® Knox​ sponsorship during the engagement fair. These programs were chosen by the students because they show how the college encourages education among the youth in the community.

They also attended the resource fair where they could connect with Ohio-based organizations tackling childhood poverty and were privileged to hear from speakers such as U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty during workshops on how they can help tackle the issue in their community.

"I was very nervous when I found out I was chosen," Patchett said. He learned some of the patterns of behavior that led to success from the speakers, workshops and networking during the summit.

Propel Ohio is a leadership program launched in 2015 that promotes civic engagement and inspires undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders. It features a one-day statewide conference and five regional gatherings in winter and spring.

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​Pictured: Braden Patchett works on lighted materials for presentation board.

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.