Local Area Youth Participate in College ASPIRE Workshops

​​​​Nine "Shooting Stars" Awarded COTC Scholarships 

July 1, 2015—Newark, OH—Central Ohio Technical College held free CollegeASPIRE summer workshops June 15th – 19th. Children ages 11-18 participated in one of nine different workshops featuring hands-on, faculty-led activities. CollegeASPIRE workshops provided participants with new, engaging experiences on a college campus setting, and demonstrated that college is accessible to students and their families regardless of their circumstances. 

At the Newark campus, participants picked between three technology-based workshops: Culinary Science Jr. (ages 11-13), Culinary Science (ages 14-18) and PhotoBomb (ages 14-18). The Culinary Science Jr. workshop taught kids about kitchen safety and healthy eating habits while participating in hands-on cooking activities. "The first day is a lecture on the areas of the kitchen and kitchen safety," said CollegeASPIRE Program Coordinator Angelique Webster.  During the week, children learned about accurate measuring, using what they learned to make quick breads, muffins and biscuits. Participants experienced the importance of breakfast, working in groups to make pancakes, French toast, eggs, waffles and sausage gravy. "The Jr. workshop also created a variety of lunch dishes," said Matt Russo, Culinary Science Instructor at COTC, "along with teaching specific culinary techniques and even desserts."


Matt Russo, Culinary Science Instructor and area participants at COTC’s 2015 CollegeASPIRE workshops.​

Later in the day, the Culinary Science workshop allowed teens to participate in intermediate cooking activities. Throughout the week, teens learned about kitchen safety, local and seasonal produce, specialty greens preparation, food production and platter arrangements. "Each day, the lesson was centered on a different item or theme," Russo tells us. Using the techniques they learned, participants made dough, roasted peppers, baked pastries and made chocolate fondant. Both Culinary Science workshops used the Reese Kitchen, which is utilized by the Culinary Science Technology program.

Across campus, participants of the PhotoBomb workshop learned to express their artistic side by taking photos and exploring Photoshop. Each day began with a slideshow of a famous photographer, followed by a lesson in the elements of design. Teens used what they learned in shooting assignments that allowed them to explore campus outside. After taking photographs, Digital Media Design Technology faculty taught computer and Photoshop demonstrations on editing skills and selecting the best images.  On their last day, participants of PhotoBomb traveled to Dawes Arboretum to try out their newly learned techniques.

CollegeASPIRE workshops were offered at all four of COTC's campuses. Participates at the Knox campus earned First Aide certificates and CPR certificates in the Medical Madness workshop, and others transformed their imagination from sketches into final pencil drawing in the Frozen Motion workshop. At the Coshocton campus, PhotoBomb was an option for teens to explore photography and Photoshop, or they could create businesses using their own unique talents while exploring Historic Roscoe Village in the Art of Business workshop. Participants at the Pataskala campus explored the fire academy and simulated smoke maze in the Fire Science workshop, or learned about Illustrator tools in the Illustrate Yourself workshop.

On Saturday, June 20th, COTC invited participants and their families to the CollegeASPIRE Open House at the Newark campus. This event was attended by over 300 area youth and community members and featured the works and accomplishments created throughout the week, with a dessert platter provided by both Culinary Science workshops. One participant from each workshop was selected to be a Shooting Star, demonstrating an eagerness to learn, a passion for the subject matter, and an enthusiasm for furthering his or her education. "We were looking for participants who were very hands-on and showed leadership throughout the week," says CollegeASPIRE Program Coordinator Angelique Webster. "It was really hard because they are all so motivated," Webster continues, "It was difficult choosing just one winner from each workshop."

This year's Shooting Stars are Rylee Lecraft, River View High School (The Art of Business), Kayleigh Fetherolf, Utica High School (PhotoBomb! Coshocton), Sausha Rauch, Abeka Academy (Culinary Science Jr.), Kathryn McGinnis, Lakewood High School (Culinary Science), Daniel Sparks, Grove City High School (PhotoBomb! Newark), Jatavia Muse, Lakeview Junior High (Illustrate Yourself!), Hayden Umfleet, Fredericktown Elementary School (Frozen Motion), Faith Blackburn, Mount Vernon Middle School (Medical Madness) and Dominic Reichley, Sheridan High School (Fire Science). Each Shooting Star was awarded a $1000 scholarship to Central Ohio Technical College.

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. 

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