NEWARK, Ohio, December 18, 2019 – Fifteen Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) students will experience Italy in a way they may have never imagined was possible. They will get to live in and tour the nation with host families from Reggello for a truly immersive trip. Since 2009, the Italian Immersion Program has given COTC students this unique opportunity to gain new cultural experience and expand their learning beyond the classroom.
Students selected for the summer 2020 trip include:
Christine Breckler – Frazeyburg
Kylee Disbennet – Reynoldsburg
Clair Fink – Newark
Tabitha Newman – Newark
Jade Plummer – Zanesville
Frances Shreiner – Warsaw
Brandi Wiley – Coshocton
Torrell Casimire – Newark
KJ Haynie – Groveport
Jonathan Houghton – Newark
Tyler Johnson – Newark
Wesley McCormick – Heath
Bradley Schumaker – St. Louisville
Tara Timsina – Columbus
Rachelle Lewis - Coshocton
Students learn about olive oil and winemaking; tour Rome, Florence, Venice and many areas of the Tuscany region; and spend quality time with their Italian host families in the small town of Reggello.
This program is possible through the generosity of Louella H. Reese and the Gilbert Reese Family Foundation. Thanks to the Reese family and their efforts to sustain this program, COTC gives students a competitive edge in the global marketplace.
During the summer of 2019, COTC and area community members hosted students and youth from the community of Reggello. This marks the 10th year that COTC has conducted the Italian Immersion program in which COTC sends a group of students to the Tuscany region of Italy and then hosts Italian students in Ohio in alternating years.
For more information, contact COTC and Ohio State Newark Director of Student Life Holly Mason or Assistant Director Justin Khol at 740.364.9578.
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.