Ohio Christian University and Central Ohio Technical College Sign Dual Admission Agreement

A groundbreaking dual admission agreement between Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and Ohio Christian University (OCU) is the first such agreement of its kind for COTC, and will provide a direct route to a bachelor's degree for more students at the two-year college. The agreement allows dual admission to both institutions, wherein a student can apply, be admitted, and attend both COTC and OCU simultaneously, if desired. College-level course credits earned at COTC will be applicable toward OCU bachelor's degree programs in business (including management, logistics, and healthcare management concentrations), leadership and ministry, psychology, and substance abuse counseling.

Students simultaneously attending both institutions will be eligible for dual services such as library privileges, advising, and academic support. COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., and OCU President Mark A. Smith, Ed.D., signed the agreement on Tuesday, December 14, at the COTC Newark campus.

"This dual admission agreement will afford COTC students additional career options and opportunities for continued education and professional advancement as they complete a bachelor's degree at OCU," said Coe. "We are extremely pleased to partner with OCU to bring about these further educational access opportunities."

COTC already holds articulation agreements for the transfer of COTC course credit with a number of four-year institutions, and is working to establish additional dual admission programs, such as the newly signed agreement with OCU. Further, during autumn quarter 2010, COTC began offering the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, which will provide additional education opportunities and are designed to provide students with transfer-level college courses typical of the freshman and sophomore years of a four-year baccalaureate degree program.

"This agreement with COTC is another opportunity to make a bachelor's degree convenient and accessible to busy people," said Smith. "We look forward to working with the COTC administration and students."

Ohio Christian University is one of the fastest growing universities in Ohio. Over the past five years enrollment has grown from 400 to nearly 1800 students. With a heritage dating back to 1948, Ohio Christian University offers a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families and in the world. Students enrolled in OCU's traditional undergraduate program attend classes at its main campus in Circleville, Ohio. OCU's AIM Adult Program offers 12 campus locations in the surrounding region as well as online degree programs.

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 campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, and Pataskala, more than 35 associate degree and certificate programs, and a rapidly growing network of extraordinary alumni who are working and serving in communities throughout Ohio, COTC has well-positioned itself to lead future graduates into the changing workforce of tomorrow.