Funding available to complete COTC short-term certificates

| August 6, 2020

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is expanding the availability of Ohio Department of Higher Education short-term certificate grants to help those looking for a new career get the job readiness skills they need in one year or less. COTC may award a student up to $2,000 to complete one of five approved short-term certificates that leads to employment in an in-demand career field. Each certificate can be completed in as little as one or two semesters for quick entry in the workforce.

The short-term certificate funding is available to students with demonstrated financial need as well as students who are currently in or exiting foster care. Financial need may be the result of unemployment or underemployment (working in low paying or low skill jobs) or simply lacking resources to fully meet current expenses. Each student may receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees (does not include the cost of books and supplies) for an eligible short-term certificate. These are limited funds and will be awarded until the funds are exhausted.

To apply for a short-term certificate grant, COTC students must complete a brief application available at For more information about the short-term certificate grant, contact Student Financial Services at 740-366-9435 or [email protected]

Eligible short-term certificates are addiction studies certificate, emergency medical technician (EMT) basic certificate, peace officer basic training, phlebotomy certificate and state-tested nurse aid (STNA) certificate.

The mission of Central Ohio Technical College is to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area.

COTC is now enrolling for autumn semester, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 25. Apply for free now at To speak with an admissions representative, email [email protected] or call any of COTC’s four campus locations: Newark –  740-366-9222; Coshocton: – 740.622.1408; Knox:- 740.392.2526; and Pataskala – 740-755-7090.

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