Central Ohio Technical College awarded at state conference


The Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) presented their Excellence Awards on June 12, during a luncheon at their annual conference held at Cuyahoga Community College.

The Park National Bank was announced as the recipient of the OACC’s 2015 Outstanding Business Partnership Award. For nearly 50 years the bank and its employees have advanced the mission of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) through their involvement, leadership, advocacy and financial support.

Park National Bank presidents, executives and directors also have a long history of leadership with COTC and its supporting organization, the Newark Campus Development Fund. They have helped advance the college’s mission and strive towards their vision of being recognized as Ohio’s premier technical college focused on student success and excellence in workforce development and technical education. Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., COTC president stated, “their partnership has been truly outstanding, and without their generosity and support, COTC would not be what it is today.”

Mark Ramser was also announced as the recipient of the OACC’s 2015 Maureen C. Grady Award for Special Achievement. This award is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a trustee. The award recognizes extraordinary leadership and outstanding contributions to a trustee’s college or to community colleges as a whole. Ramser, president of Ohio Cumberland Gas Company, was nominated to receive this award for his continued dedication to community colleges, as well as for his efforts to build a positive reputation for COTC throughout the region and around the state. “Mr. Ramser has been a true advocate for COTC, higher education and his beloved Knox County community for many years,” said Coe. “In fact, he has been instrumental in bringing Knox County’s three higher education institutions to downtown Mount Vernon,” she continued.

Ramser and his wife, Denise have three children and reside in Knox County. The OACC Excellence Awards serve as a wonderful opportunity to recognize and honor the tremendous support the Association and member colleges receive from their trustees, alumni and dedicated advocates. COTC operates four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.