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South Central Career Center Assistant Director Elected to Commission for National Accrediting Agency


Dr. Josh Cotter, Assistant Director and Coordinator of Adult Education at South Central Career Center, has been elected a commissioner of the Council on Occupational Education, the national accrediting agency for postsecondary occupational and technical career education institutions.

Cotter was elected to a three-year term on the 18-member commission at COE’s annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida this month.

The Council on Occupational Education was founded in 1971 as the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. As a unit of SACS, the commission provided accreditation services to postsecondary occupational education institutions primarily in the 11-state southern region.

The Council became a fully operational nonprofit agency in June 1995, transferring out of SACS and assuming a national role recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Headquartered in Atlanta, COE currently accredits over 600 schools in 39 states, including the U.S. Department of Defense’s technical training schools and Jobs Corps schools.

“It’s an honor to be elected to the commission,” Cotter said. “We have worked hard to improve our school and embraced the ongoing improvement process advocated by COE."

SCCC Director Jim Laughary said Cotter’s selection is well-deserved. “Thanks to Josh and our entire team, our school has been recognized nationally for our work on accreditation and this is one result of that hard work.”

Cotter, a native of southern Missouri and a West Plains High School graduate, began his career as a social studies teacher in 2006. He joined South Central Career Center as assistant director in July 2009.

Cotter is a graduate of Missouri State University and has a doctoral degree from Saint Louis University. He is also a West Plains City Councilman and has served on several boards and commissions locally.