COTC to Offer Evening and Weekend Degree Programs for Working Adults Enroll Now for the Spring Semester 2018 Cohort

NEWARK, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2017– Beginning spring semester 2018, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will make earning a degree easier for busy adults. Advance your career by earning an associate degree through COTC's new 3-2-1 evening and weekend cohort program. Students enrolled in the 3-2-1 program will attend classes three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) for two years to earn one degree in either Business Management Technology or Accounting Technology. Enroll now to be part of the inaugural 3-2-1 cohort; classes begin Jan. 8, 2018. To learn more about the 3-2-1 program visit: cotc.edu/321. Apply for free at cotc.edu/apply.

Convenience and flexibility

Students can save time in their busy schedules by attending 3-2-1 classes at any combination of COTC's four campuses: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala. Work in Columbus but live in Newark? Register for Tuesday and Thursday evening classes at the Pataskala campus, and then stay close to home by attending Saturday classes in Newark. Students can mix and match class locations to best fit their individual needs. Online course options are also available for the ultimate in convenience and flexibility. Plus, 3-2-1 programs are designed to be completed in two years, so students can see exactly what their schedule will be for each semester even before applying, and then follow the carefully detailed pathway.

Prior learning from previous college courses may be considered for credit eligibility, and job experience is valued and may be considered as well.

"We are excited to offer this opportunity to students," said COTC Director of Enrollment Management and Gateway Operations Robin Washington. "We know that time is limited. This program lays out the path to a degree by showing students what courses they'll take to get their degree completed in a timely manner."

Return on investment

Research has shown that associate degrees are equated with higher salaries. In Ohio, for each quarter after college, individual earnings are approximately $1,420 and $1,810 higher per quarter for male and female associate degree holders, respectively, than for persons who attend community college but do not complete an award, according to the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment.

Low tuition and financial aid eligible

COTC's tuition is among the lowest of two-year colleges in the state, and the 3-2-1 program is financial aid eligible. Additionally, COTC will offer more than $766,000 in available scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. More information on scholarships can be found at cotc.edu/scholarships.

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