COTC Students Work to Educate Local Families on Literacy

NEWARK, Ohio, May 11, 2016 – Students in Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) Early Childhood Education Technology program are teaming up with the Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC) to help parents in our region foster their children's love of reading and discover how books can be a catalyst for learning. A family literacy event was held in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center on the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark in April.

ECE_Literacy1_lr.jpg"It was really meaningful for our students," said COTC Early Childhood Education Instructor Diana Reece. "It's important for our students to see a direct connection between what they're learning in our program and how they can impact families and support families through the knowledge they gained in their children's literature class."

Pathways of Central Ohio, a local social services agency, invited families to attend the event. About 10 to 15 families took part and learned about literacy tools available for them to help their children develop reading skills. The students taught the families about how there is a connection between literacy and art, music and movement.

"Children who can't read are limited in so many other academic areas," said Reece. "Our goal is to help families understand the importance of reading 20 minutes a day with their children." Children were given books donated by the Licking County Reading Foundation to take home from the event.

Students who graduate from the early childhood program at COTC receive an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education Technology. The program prepares students for rewarding careers as professional lead and assistant teachers of children birth through preschool ages and as assistant teachers in the public school setting.

Central Ohio Technical College 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.