Ohio Technical College Earns Second Weatherhead 100 Award

Cleveland, Ohio — For the second year in a row, Ohio Technical College – a premier provider of specialized technical training in a wide variety of transportation fields – has been awarded the Weatherhead 100 Award by Case Weatherhead School of Management and The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).

The 2009 Weatherhead 100 Award recognizes the 100 fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio based on their sales from 2004-2008. Ohio Technical College had a 91% growth rate this year, placing 66 out of 100 companies on the list.

"We are excited to receive the Weatherhead 100 award as it demonstrates our continued commitment to providing quality education for tomorrow’s professional technicians," said Tom King, director of enrollment management, OTC. "The honor is a wonderful finale to a banner year for the students and faculty at Ohio Technical College as we celebrated both the school’s 40th anniversary as well as our recognition as the 2009 Tomorrow’s Technician/Chicago Pneumatic School of the Year."

To be eligible for the award, companies also must have net sales over $1 million and have a minimum of 16 full-time employees in 2009. OTC’s enrollment grew 22.2% in 2009, while the staff of full-time employees expanded from 170 to 197.

Ohio Technical College first held classes in 1969 as the Ohio Diesel Mechanics School, conducting six -week courses in Cleveland’s Warehouse district. Today, students at Ohio Technical College can choose from more than 20 specialized technician training programs in automotive, motorcycle, diesel equipment, collision repair and refinishing, custom paint and graphics, classic car restoration, high performance and racing, alternative fuel vehicles, power generator systems, welding and BMW training.

About Ohio Technical College

Ohio Technical College (OTC) is an accredited private, proprietary technical school dedicated to providing premier technical training in the world of modern mechanics by pursuing industry alliances, providing outstanding training equipment and focusing on the needs of individual students. An Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) college, OTC and its PowerSport Institute branch campus encompass nearly 800,000 sq. feet of classroom and workshop space. Drawing students from all over the United States, OTC offers technician training programs in Automotive, Diesel, Auto-Diesel, Collision Repair, Classic Car Restoration, High Performance and Racing, Welding and PowerSport Technology as well as specialization in BMW, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Custom Paint and Graphics, CDL Truck Driver Training, and Power Generator Systems. Motorcycle technician training is provided through the PowerSport Institute, a branch campus of OTC in North Randall, Ohio. For more information, write to Ohio Technical College at 1374 E. 51st St. Cleveland, Ohio, 44103; call 800.322.7000 ext. 163; or visit ohiotechnicalcollege.com and psi-now.com.

About Weatherhead 100

Since its inception in 1987, the Weatherhead 100 has been the event that showcases the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio. Qualifying companies must show consistent growth over the last five years. The Weatherhead 100 list – objectively determined annually and highly regarded throughout the region – is a testament to hard work, commitment, innovation and the dream to succeed. For more information, visit www.weatherhead100.org.

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