NEWARK – He’s a first-generation college student and, as he put it, “not your traditional student anymore.”
“When I was a kid, says Kris Read, I was very involved in competitive swimming, skateboarding and snowboarding. Skateboarding and snowboarding are what pushed me to become a graphic designer. I wanted to go to school to start a t-shirt business designing t-shirts, skateboards, and snowboards. While in school for my associate degree, I realized that the digital space was growing very quickly, which led me to become a web designer. »
Today, Read is responsible for web and digital learning at Central Ohio Technical College.
“I oversee the COTC and Ohio State Newark internal websites and portals,” he said. “I have spent my entire career in graphic design and IT. I love technology and I love innovation. I constantly try to learn and stay on top of the latest and greatest trends. »
“Over the past 2 years,” he added, “I made the transition to the digital learning space. COTC learning and I shifted some of my focus to the e-learning realm.In the initial move to distance learning in 2020, my team of 2 (me and another) played a essential role in shifting COTC to distance learning.
Now 38, Read grew up in Newark, graduated from Newark High School in 2000, then earned a certificate in graphic design from Bradford College. He worked for several years in the newspaper industry, then returned to school to earn a degree in Digital Media Design from COTC in 2007. In 2016, he earned a bachelor’s degree in eMarketing from Franklin University, and in 2019, he earned a Masters in Business, also from Franklin.
“Before being in the web space, my passion was print design,” he said. “I still love being a designer, but I just have a different view of design. I focus more on the digital space, while trying to keep pushing innovation, which in my opinion is another form of design .
“Kris is an ‘idea guy,'” said Connie Gargani, senior director of enforcement services at the school in Newark. “He has always been focused on improving the COTC student experience. He was instrumental in redesigning COTC’s external website and most recently led the successful implementation of a new learning management system for the college. Kris is committed to the success of COTC and the entire Newark community.
“As a COTC graduate,” Read replied, “and born and raised in Newark, I’ve always loved the Newark campus. To have the opportunity 10 years ago to be selected to work so closely with the school that helped change my life was a no-brainer. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with great people. As my job at COTC/OSU-Newark has changed, my love for this campus has not.
“I love what I do and the people I interact with every day,” he summed up. “Helping someone with a challenge or being able to make someone’s life so much easier is why I do what I do. I am passionate about everything I do and I keep pushing myself to keep learning.
Central Ohio Technical College is located at 1179 University Dr. in Newark. for more information, call 740-366-9222 or log on to www.cotc.edu.
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