The Coshocton County Beacon March 6, 2019 - Page 15

CLASS: Youth leadership class pays it forward FROM PAGE 1 He decided to work with his friend Noah Kobel and together they donated their money to Ava Winner and her family. “She had a brain tumor that was removed,” Coff man said. “Th is money will assist them with hospital bills which I’m sure are very expensive. Cancer is just a terri- ble thing.” Kobel said he was humbled by the experience. “I know they are facing a lot of hardships,” he said. “I want to say thank you to the Coshocton Foundation for providing us with the opportunity to do this.” Andrew Martin also donated his money to Winner and her family. “She is 9-years-old and has so much life ahead of her,” he said. “One hundred dollars is nothing compared to the life of a child.” Jaelyn McGee decided to donate her money to Women of Witness. She asked what items they were in need of to help families and ended up purchasing diapers, wipes and school supplies. “Th is made me feel very grateful,” McGee said. “Grow- ing up my family never struggled to give me anything I needed. It’s so hard to think that there are people in our community that can’t get the supplies they need or don’t know how they are going to provide for their child on their own.” When she brought the donations in, the volunteer at Women of Witness told her she was such a blessing. “Th is whole experience exposed me to the reality there is a reward in philanthropy and being selfl ess,” McGee said. “It’s helped me to learn to be more selfl ess.” Emma Anderson put her money toward a project being Josie Sellers | Beacon Nicole Schwartz was one of several members of the cur- rent Coshocton County Youth Leadership Class who spoke about her pay it forward project on Feb. 27. The presen- tations were given during a joint program day with adults from the Leadership Coshocton County Class of 2019. worked on by the teen leadership class at River View High School. Th ey used it to help buy supplies to make fl eece tie blankets to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. Seven blankets have already been made and they have $50 left over to make more. “Most people who stay at a Ronald McDonald House are there because their child has cancer and are at a nearby hospital,” Anderson said. “If we can give them something as small as a blanket I fi gure why not. I want to thank the Coshocton Foundation for this opportunity to make a diff erence with $100.” Like many of the students Nicole Schwartz didn’t know what to do with her money at fi rst. After much thought, she decided to use her money to help a family friend who recently left an abusive relationship. She bought the chil- dren winter boots, the mother a winter coat, and provid- ed them with a few Christmas gifts. “Christmas Day I got a video of them opening pres- ents,” Schwartz said. “I was amazed to see how happy they were with even the littlest gifts. Th ey had so much gratitude for even being able to open one present.” Natalie Uhl gave her money to the Conesville Elemen- tary Preschool, which allowed the students to vote on how to use the donation. “Th ey bought educational toys that will help better their future,” she said. “Hopefully the kids grow up into future leaders and better Coshocton.” Other projects students donated to were the Coshocton County Honor Guard, the sheriff offi ce’s k-9 program, the Pregnancy Distress Center, the Coshocton County Fa- therhood Initiative and the West Lafayette Food Pantry. Betsy Gosnell, executive director of the leadership pro- grams, was very proud of how the students approached their challenge. “You didn’t take it lightly,” she said. “You took that mon- ey very seriously and you all made very good decisions that will have a lasting impact on this community. I want to say thank you to the Coshocton Foundation and the trustees for continuing to support this project.” COTC: Berry excited to return to COTC and partner with communities FROM PAGE 1 by that I mean all four COTC campuses, has always been home to me,” Berry said. He rejoins the college at an exciting time with many new initiatives in the works including the Coshocton Promise. Th is program guarantees that COTC will fund the gap be- tween tuition (instructional and general fees) and remain- ing student need after all other private scholarships, in- stitutional, federal and state aid are exhausted. Under the Coshocton Promise, all tuition will be covered for eligible Coshocton County residents annually reporting a house- hold income of $60,000 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Initial Coshocton Promise funds are made possible through a unique public/private partnership between COTC and the Coshocton Founda- tion's Clarence and Grace Miller Scholarship endowment. “Th e initial reaction from people still seems to be, ‘Wait a minute?’” Berry said. “We want to take that fi nancial burden and make sure it is not an obstacle. Th e time, energy, and eff ort are still yours to make this a successful experience.” He also has plans to further enhance COTC’s College Credit Plus program, which enables middle and high school students to earn college credit during high school. “We want to work with our K-12 partners and especially help the students who don’t have someone pushing them to go on to school or know how the system works,” Berry said. “We want to help the students work toward their ultimate degree and career aspirations. If we can create MARCH 6, 2019 diff erent career cohorts we can help teach them about opportunities available to them. Showing them dif- ferent career pathways will increase their success and our ability to maintain them as students.” Another priority of his is to showcase the unique identity of each of COTC’s campuses. “Th e needs of each are diff erent and so are their Berry resources,” Berry said. “I love the natural resources here and could see our culinary pro- gram working with the wineries, breweries and bed and breakfasts or starting a hospitality program or ecotourism. COTC is a comprehensive institution of higher education. It’s not just about technology. It’s also liberal arts.” Another strong asset of COTC is its ability to work with communities and businesses in helping them meet work- force needs. Most recently, a memorandum of under- standing (MOU) was signed between COTC, the Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation and Th e American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Th rough this MOU signing, the entities have agreed to work together to launch at COTC the only two-year ceramic engineering technology degree program in the nation. “Th ey were working with Hocking College, but wanted www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com to expand and be in a more centralized area,” Berry said. “We off ered them that centralized location and they had heard of us by our reputation. It was too good of an op- portunity for us to pass up. Th e program will be located in Newark, but we will see where the need is and if we need to expand to other campuses.” COTC also off ers a number of short-term certifi cation programs that can lead to immediate employment in phle- botomy, electrocardiography and addiction studies. “Th e certifi cations can get you were you want to go faster and for less expense,” Berry said. In addition to its Coshocton and Newark location, COTC also has campuses in Knox and Pataskala. Currently the college has an overall enrollment of between 3,700 and 3,800. Berry hopes to increase that number to 4,200 by 2021. “I think that is completely manageable with our pro- gram eff orts and the Coshocton Promise,” he said. “We off er people an aff ordable option. It’s not cheap, but it is aff ordable and it’s a quality education.” Berry plans to be an external agent for the college and spend time at each campus. “To be able to see and hear what people are saying you have to be present,” he said. “I don’t want to make deci- sions for the communities. I want to hear from the com- munities and come together to collaborate. Reach out to us if there is something you’d like to see happen here. All you need to do is make a phone call.” For more information on COTC, visit www.cotc.edu or contact Berry’s offi ce at 740-364-9509. THE BEACON 15