For students in Newark, Ohio and its surrounding areas, Central Ohio Technical College provides quality academic and career programs intended to help students get a head start on success in post-secondary education or the workforce.
The curriculum places a heavy emphasis on technology and practical skills, and the college has an excellent success rate in providing students with the know-how needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. Nearly 80 percent of graduates find employment within six months of graduation, most working in their area of study.
COTC had its start as a branch of Ohio State University. The branch was established in 1957 and offered evening classes at Newark’s old high school on West Main Street. In 1965, the branch became Ohio State University-Newark and moved to Wright Street in Newark.
In 1968, facilities and offerings had expanded and Ohio State University-Newark obtained a 155-acre campus. In 1971, the school took on its current name and worked to be an institution designed to provide associate’s degree programs and workforce development for the central Ohio area. Since then, the school has been adding satellite campuses and programs to better serve this mission.
The school’s offerings are heavily slated toward career preparation programs in technology-related fields. Altogether, the college offers more than 40 associate and career technical programs.
The most popular majors include:
- Health: 55 percent of enrollment
- Business: 11 percent of enrollment
- Engineering: 10 percent of enrollment
- Social and Behavioral Sciences: 8 percent of enrollment
- Natural Science and Mathematics: 4 percent of enrollment
Online Classes and High School Programs
Students can take distance learning courses via online and hybrid courses. The college also offers an online business degree program that lets students take all courses necessary for the degree online.
The college also has programs that allow high school students to take courses for both high school and college credit, helping them get a head start on their post-secondary education.
The school also has dual admission agreements with three Ohio universities that allow students to complete bachelor’s degree coursework on campus. The program is great for placebound students who would otherwise have difficulty in completing a four-year degree because of work or family responsibilities.
The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are open, meaning that any student with a high school diploma or GED will be accepted. Some programs in the college may have selective admission policies and students may be asked to take a COMPASS placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.
The school has a rolling admissions deadline, but students applying for financial aid should turn in their documentation by Feb. 15. Students should complete the FAFSA and turn in high school transcripts as well as test score and other relevant information.
Students are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the college itself, and other outside organizations that students may be eligible to receive. For example, students may be eligible for scholarships from the Coshocton Foundation, which provide scholarships for local graduating high school students.
The college’s office of financial aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 81 percent of students receive financial aid of some type.
Student Financial Aid Details
The college enrolls more than 3,000 students. The average student age is 27, and nearly half of students are over the age of 25. The college has satellite campuses in Pataskala, Knox, and Coshocton.
Student Clubs and Activities
The college has about 30 student organizations and clubs, including academic, professional, political, arts and recreational activities. The Adena Hall Athletic Complex provides fitness and recreational sports opportunites for students while the recently-opened Warner Center provides a number of arts and cultural events throughout the year for students to enjoy.
The college also provides a number of tutoring and student support services intended to help foster student academic and career success. Lifelong learners can take advantage of continuing education classes and other programs offered at the college throughout the year.
Some student housing is available. Contact Residental Life for more details.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletic department is a member of the NJCCA and participates in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. The college offers men’s baseball, basketball and golf; and women’s softball, volleyball and basketball as well as a number of intramural sports.
Teams are known as the Titans. School colors are blue and white.
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