COTC pledges continued commitment to Coshocton

| November 5, 2012

COSHOCTON – The annual Friends of the Campus event held recently at the COTC Coshocton Campus had a unique flavor this year as COTC leaders pledged their ongoing commitment to serve the Coshocton community.

After a much-publicized enrollment decline this fall semester, COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., reassured the group that the college is unwavering in its commitment to Coshocton and to keeping the Montgomery Hall facility open for business.

“COTC’s extended campuses fulfill the core of our mission as we work to meet the education and training needs of the Coshocton community,” said Dr. Coe. “I have elevated oversight of these campuses to the Office of the President and expect each one to play a vital role in the strategic positioning of the college as we move forward.”  

COTC Vice President for Business & Finance, David Brillhart, reported to the group that despite not meeting fall enrollment goals, the college’s quick response and plan will erase the potential $3.75 million deficit that had been created. The college will remain financially sound with adequate reserves and no external debt.  

The Friends of the Campus event, established in 2007 to engage donors who had participated in the Coshocton Campus Capital Campaign, provides the college with an opportunity to give a state-of-the- college update every fall. This year the group was expanded to include donors who had given to the Next Generation Challenge, a scholarship campaign that concluded in June 2012 and raised close to $21 million. Inclusion of the Next Generation Scholarship donors increased Coshocton’s Friends of the Campus to nearly 200 individuals.

Matt Kelly, COTC’s Director of Development, concluded the event by recognizing the incredible support for education and commitment to access evident by the $21 million in pledges to the recent scholarship campaign. Kelly reported the scholarship dollars are already hard at work: 15 scholarships were awarded to COTC students this fall semester and the number of students receiving scholarships is expected to grow exponentially in the near future.

“There is the potential for a campaign of this magnitude to generate 550 new scholarships each year, which is an incredible competitive advantage for the college and a wonderful opportunity for hundreds of students every year in perpetuity,” he said.

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited two-year college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty, and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC operates campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox, and Pataskala.

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