COTC celebrates 50 years of in-demand education

| July 13, 2021

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is celebrating 50 years of providing high-quality education leading to in-demand careers for central Ohioans. The college kicked off a year-long 50th-anniversary celebration on July 1.

“As we celebrate COTC’s half-century of strengthening our community, the college is poised to continue helping students build successful futures, uncovering workforce opportunities and impacting lives for decades to come,” said COTC President John M. Berry, PhD.

In 1971, when COTC welcomed students at its Newark campus, which it shares with The Ohio State University at Newark, the new college offered six associate degrees. Today, COTC operates four full-service campuses in Newark, Coshocton, Mount Vernon and Pataskala and offers more than 50 associate degrees and certificates. To support students wherever they are and expand their course options, the college also has adopted multiple course formats such as online, remote, hybrid and flex modes. Throughout the decades, COTC’s more than 15,000 graduates have made significant contributions to their professions and communities.

Throughout the coming year, COTC will celebrate its 50th anniversary with special celebrations at each campus. Members of the public are invited to a free, family-friendly drive-in movie featuring the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The drive-in event will be held at the COTC Newark campus on Saturday, Oct. 9.

COTC 50th Anniversary Ice Cream

In spring 2021, the college received almost 1,000 votes in a public campaign to select a limited – release new Velvet Ice Cream® flavor produced exclusively for COTC’s 50th anniversary. The winner – Berry Rumble – a fruity blend of strawberry, blueberry and blackberry ice cream will be available at all COTC 50th anniversary events, autumn semester welcome week activities and for purchase at Velvet’s Ye Olde Mill in Utica.

To learn more about COTC’s 50th-anniversary plans, visit

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