Central Ohio Leaders Honored with COTC Inaugural Global Business and Education Awards

​NEWARK, Ohio, Nov. 1, 2017—Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recently awarded global business and education awards at its inaugural Global Business and Education Conference held on Friday, Oct. 20, in the John Gilbert Reese Center on the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark. The event was hosted by COTC’s Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC), along with partnering organizations Leadership Ohio and the Columbus Council on World Affairs.

The awards were presented by COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., to honor individuals and organizations making strides to ensure global awareness and integration in Ohio.

Global award winners

The President’s Award for Leadership in Global Education was awarded to Marcia Downes, managing director of The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology, in Newark, Ohio. The award was sponsored by the Coshocton Foundation, the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County and the Licking County Foundation. Dr. Meghan Federer, Works’ STEM education director accepted the award on Downes’ behalf.
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Left to right: Coshocton Foundation Executive Director Bob Pell, Licking County Foundation Donor Services Officer Megan Evans, Works’ STEM Education Director Dr. Meghan Federer, COTC President Bonnie L. Coe.​

“Marcia’s total focus is on a mission of upper mobility for our youngest citizens through education," wrote Rick Platt, chairman of The Works’ board of trustees and president and CEO of the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, in support of Downes’ nomination.

The President’s Award for Leadership in Global Business was awarded to the Anomatic Corporation, an international producer of anodized aluminum packaging with headquarters in New Albany, Ohio, and a manufacturing facility in Newark, Ohio. Steve Noth, Newark plant manager accepted the award, which was sponsored by the Wendy and Steven Cohen Family Philanthropic Fund.
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Left to right: Steve Cohen, Anomatic Plant Manager Steve Noth, COTC President Bonnie L. Coe.​

“They are innovators that introduce new technologies regularly, and they touch sectors that range from beauty, health, personal care and home fragrance, to spirits, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as consumer electronics and automotive,” said Vicki Maple, M.Ed., conference organizer and COTC vice president for workforce development, community affairs and extended campuses.

The President’s Award for Future Global Leadership was presented to Haoulatou Diane, a COTC student pursuing an associate of applied science in nursing technology. The award was sponsored by Ohio Means Jobs of Coshocton County.

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Left to right: Lynn Jacobs, Ohio Means Jobs Coshocton County; Haoulatou Diane; Sheri Gibson, Ohio Means Jobs Coshocton County; COTC President Bonnie L. Coe.​

“Our recipient comes from Guinea in West Africa, a small country where the healthcare system is in dire need of development,” said President Coe. “Her goal and dream is to become a nurse practitioner in pediatrics and obstetrics and return to her native land to make a difference and educate her fellow citizens.”

The conference theme “Your Role in the World Economy: How to Lead, Compete and Win!” brought together education, business and industry leaders to explore needs for a future skilled global workforce. Former professional football player and Ohio State Buckeye wide receiver Roy Hall delivered the keynote address, “Calling the Play and Staying Connected to Something Bigger than Yourself.” Hall, president of the Driven Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, spoke inspiringly about the importance of service in all business and community efforts.

In addition to Hall’s keynote, the opening plenary session was presented by Patrick Terrien, president and CEO of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, with special guest Deb Scherer of Columbus 2020.

COTC is grateful to the following conference sponsors: Columbus “Business First,” GROW Licking County CIC, Leadership Ohio, Licking County Job and Family Services/Ohio Means Jobs - Licking County, TrueCore Federal Credit Union, Blueway Technologies, Ohio Means Jobs - Coshocton County, The Wendy and Steven Cohen Family Philanthropic Fund, Park National Bank, The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, The Coshocton Foundation and The Licking County Foundation.

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.​