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Students attend the first day of Autumn semester classes at COTC’s Knox County campus on Wednesday.
Students attend the first day of Autumn semester classes at COTC’s Knox County campus on Wednesday. (Photo by Virgil Shipley)

By Mount Vernon News
August 23, 2012 11:25 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — Wednesday was the first day of classes for many of the public schools in the area and it also marked the start of the first-ever fall semester at Central Ohio Technical College, which previously operated on a quarter schedule.

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The Knox Campus’ Ariel Hall, located in downtown Mount Vernon, was abuzz with activity as students and staff greeted the new school year and settled in. The enrollment at the Knox campus, as of Monday, was 325 students, compared with 239 in 2011.

Joel Daniels, vice president for extended campuses and new business development, said the Knox Campus has reached its enrollment goal for the semester.

“Ariel Hall is a major asset,” Daniels said. “It’s a wonderful thing in our community.”

COTC president Bonnie Coe said in a telephone interview with the News, “We have a fabulous facility there. That facility is totally paid for. That facility has no debt. Thank you to the Mount Vernon and greater Knox County area. The physical facility is just incredible. It is certainly helping us and is going to help us as we move forward in attracting students to that campus.”

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