Higher Education, Training Flourishes on COTC, OSU-Newark, Denison Campuses

Joe Morris
On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 15:28

Whether it’s a high school grad looking to obtain a college degree, a worker who wants to gain some additional training or a community member out to pick up some new knowledge, the higher-education community in Licking County stands ready to help.

Central Ohio Technical College
Students from more than half of Ohio’s 88 counties make their way to COTC’s Newark and other local campuses, and the college continues to set enrollment records. Major campus renovations and additions have seen to it that housing’s up to snuff for all the new enrollees, while academic programs continue to expand in every direction as well.

More than 31 associate degree and certificate programs are available at COTC, as well as specific technical-training courses for students and local workers.
Along with Ohio State University at Newark, COTC has also been included in the G.I. Jobs 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to add veterans as students. The two schools also continue to expand their many workforce-development partnerships such as the Business & Industry Institute, and between them enroll more than 5,000 students per semester at their shared campus.

Ohio State University-Newark
OSU-Newark also has been adding to both its physical and academic presence to ensure that it continues to meet the community’s needs both now and in the future.
Bachelor’s programs in education, nursing, general business, English, history and psychology can be obtained here, as well as master’s degrees in early/middle childhood, integrated teaching and learning, and social work.
The university also plays a vital role in the community that surrounds it, recently winning a $400,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for its tourism-growth program. The effort by OSU’s Newark Earthworks Center in tandem with the Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archeological Sites at the University of Cincinnati will focus on materials to enhance the Ancient Ohio Trail, a driving tour of Ohio that explores the large-scale earthworks built by ancient American Indian cultures in central and southern Ohio.

Denison University
It’s no slower on the campus of Denison University, where students from around the nation and world benefit from an ever-expanding roster of programs and facilities.
In addition to almost 48 courses of study and multiple pre-professional programs, the school is also rightfully known for its quality athletics. That’ll be even more visible soon, as Denison is in the midst of a $38.5 million renovation and expansion of the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center to house its growing varsity athletics programs. Among its offerings will be a new natatorium with an Olympic-size pool and hall of fame area. The entire eco-friendly facility, set to open in 2013, is being built according to LEED standards.


Joe Morris is a Nashville-based writer and editor.