NEWARK, Ohio, Dec. 6, 2017 — One of Central Ohio Technical College’s (COTC) longest serving employees and Licking County’s top law enforcement officer were recognized by the COTC Alumni Council on Dec. 5, 2017, at its annual holiday reception. Cathie Clippinger, resource planning analyst, was presented the COTC Alumni Transitions Award while Sheriff Randy Thorp was named COTC’s Outstanding Alumni.
Clippinger graduated from COTC in 1978 with an associate degree in secretarial science. That same year she began working for the college and has served in multiple roles in the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Institutional Research ever since. The Transitions Award recognizes COTC alumni faculty and staff who have made the transition from student to partner in career development, making a difference in the lives of current students.
“For years, her oversight and tracking of the new program development process played a vital role in the growth of the institution,” said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. “Cathie’s monitoring and maintaining of critical college information has been essential to the college accreditation. Today, we rely heavily on Cathie’s knowledge of the past and strong understanding of the importance of technical education as we build the foundation for the future.”
Thorp began his career in law enforcement in 1983 as a deputy. He rose through the ranks to chief deputy in 1997 and graduated from COTC in 2000 with an associate degree in criminal justice. He went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in police administration from Mountain State University. Thorp was elected as sheriff of Licking County in 2004 and has retained his position through multiple elections. He served on the COTC Alumni Council from Jan. 1, 2008, to Jan. 1, 2011.
The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes COTC alumni who have personal and/or professional achievement that brings honor and distinction to the college and individual attainment and/or contributions for the betterment of our community. As sheriff, Thorp has implemented several programs to assist Licking County citizens: Project Lifesaver, Citizen's Academy, Sexual Predator Awareness and the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. program. His many commendations include: Sheriff's Medal of Honor awarded by the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association and the Governor of Ohio, the Fraternal Order of Police Medial of Valor and Police Office of the Year for which he was recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.