Mother and Daughter Graduate College Together and Continue Earning Nursing Degrees Simultaneously

NEWARK, Ohio, Jan.30, 2018—It's not often that a mother and daughter attend college at the same time, let alone attend the same college in the same field of study. But being exceptional could easily describe Tina Barnett and her daughter Erin Storsin, who are both enrolled in nursing programs at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Tina, a Coshocton resident, served in the U.S. Navy and has been a licensed practical nurse since 2002. She's finishing COTC's LPN to associate degree nursing program with the goal of becoming a registered nurse after graduation in May 2018.

Erin graduated from Coshocton High School in May 2017 and took free college classes both junior and senior years through COTC's College Credit Plus (CCP) program. While still in high school she became a state tested nursing assistant, which led to her current job at a private nursing facility. Erin began COTC's associate degree nursing program in January 2018, so the two will spend one final semester on campus together—one finishing her nursing degree program and the other just beginning her nursing journey.

A definite highlight of their college careers already occurred in December 2017, however, when both graduated with Associate of Arts at COTC. Thanks to the opportunity to jumpstart her college career through CCP, Erin graduated from high school only one semester away from earning her first college degree. 

"We started taking general courses that were needed for the associate degree in nursing even before we applied for the nursing program," noted Tina. "Eventually we both had enough credits for the Associates of Arts, so we thought it would be great for mother and daughter to graduate together!"

For Tina, going back to school needed to fit in with her busy work schedule and meet her career goals. "I knew I wanted to continue on to become an RN," said Tina. "I just needed to wait until the kids got a little older." She chose COTC both for the convenience of location and because of its LPN to RN bridge program that exactly met her needs. She took most of her classes on the Newark campus, located in between her work and home. Erin chose COTC because it was a straightforward continuation of the college work she had begun with COTC in high school. After graduation, she moved to Newark to be closer to work and school.

This mother and daughter have proven that being exceptional runs in the family. Through its career-focused degree programs and college credit opportunities for high school students, COTC provided the pathway to their success.

COTC's nursing program features Associate Degree Nursing (RN), a traditional five-semester plan of study; Practical Nursing (LPN), a one-year certificate program; LPN to RN Transition, a three-semester transition option for LPNs; and State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA) course. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of licensed practical and licensed vocations nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020.

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.


Caption L to R: Erin Storsin and her mom, Tina Barnett, both received the Associate of Arts at COTC's Winter 2017 Commencement.