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COTC gives teens a look at college programs

| June 22, 2014

COSHOCTON – Teens spent the week exploring the world of digital media design during a CollegeASPIRE workshop offered at the COTC Coshocton Campus.

“They’ve been learning a lot of different programs and their big class project was when we split them into groups to do a video,” said Dustin Haywood, who is an adjunct professor at COTC. “We also did a photography shoot with Judd Bone, who owns J&S Photography & Design and brought in his equipment for them to play with.”

CollegeASPIRE workshops were held the week of June 16-20 at COTC’s campuses and gave students ages 14-18 the opportunity to learn from faculty who teach for COTC. In Newark they could build and program a robot or learn what it’s like to be a chef. The Knox Campus gave students a look into the life of a first responder and the Pataskala Campus workshop focused on fire science and exploring a fire academy.

“A lot of these kids don’t have access to these kinds of program and equipment we are using,” Haywood said. “This gave them a chance to get exposed to it and explore what’s out there.”

The Coshocton Campus workshop had 21 participants and Bone, who graduated from COTC in May, was happy to be able to help them learn.

“I don’t think a lot of them realize what they have right here in Coshocton,” he said. “It’s been fun to watch them learn. On Monday they didn’t say three words and now you can’t get them to shut up. They’ve really opened up and become interested.”

The students who attended the workshops also had their work from the week on display June 21 at the Newark Campus during a CollegeASPIRE Open House.

Veronica Rine from the Newark Campus and Cory Conrad from the Pataskala Campus also assisted with the workshop.

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