Business and Industry Training
COTC Launches Workforce Development & Innovation Center
(New sustainable paradigm unites academics and workforce training)
January 24, 2011—Newark, OH—Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) announced the launch of its Workforce Development and Innovation Center (WDIC). This new college unit will offer businesses customized for-college credit and not-for-college credit training and education. All WDIC services are cost effective and innovative solutions designed to answer specific business challenges, including entrepreneurial services. Setting the WDIC apart from other workforce development programs is the center’s innovative operational plan which fully integrates WDIC curriculum development with the college’s academic division and places administration with the Office of the President. Long-term plans include creation of an executive council consisting of local business and industry leaders to assist the WDIC in identifying emerging global needs.
“Despite the specter of state budget shortfalls, COTC boldly moved forward to create a sustainable Workforce Development and Innovation Center that will adeptly meet the ever- changing needs of 21st century businesses,” said Cheryl L. Snyder, COTC Board Chair and senior vice president, Park National Bank.
Full integration with the college’s academic units will streamline the WDIC’s course development, increase the instructor base, and enable the center to quickly respond to emerging workforce needs, explained Lori Crocker, WDIC resource manager. The WDIC will work in concert with Ray Irwin, Ph.D., COTC administrative dean for academic affairs, who will coordinate with faculty to create a modularized curriculum for delivery to businesses. Irwin will also help create career pathways, stackable certificates leading to degree completion, and determine conversion to credit for life experiences and training. In addition to customized technical training, the WDIC will offer customized soft-skills training in leadership development, critical thinking, communications, and more. The WDIC also will utilize the college’s existing partnerships and resources to facilitate internships with local businesses.
“Over the past two years, we have utilized the services and resources of COTC to assist in the training of our shop floor personnel here at the Rolls-Royce facility in Mount Vernon,” said Pat McLarnan, manager of labor relations. “With COTC’s ability to customize the curriculum to meet our specific requirements, the training has been particularly effective and well- received by our employees.”
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. Since its founding at Newark in 1971, COTC has grown to become a well-respected leader in the technical education of Ohio’s citizens. Today, with full-service campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox, and Pataskala, more than 35 associate degree and certificate programs are offered. A rapidly growing network of extraordinary alumni, who are working and serving in communities throughout Ohio, has strongly positioned COTC to lead future graduates into the changing workforce of tomorrow.