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COTC Recognizes Alumni Award Recipients

NEWARK, Ohio, Dec. 19, 2018 Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recognized two alumni at a reception on Dec. 18, 2018. Lane Belangia received the COTC Outstanding Alumni Award and Gina Shackle received the COTC Transitions Alumni Award.

The COTC 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.

2018 Outstanding Alumni Award.JPGBelangia earned an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology at COTC in 1997 to begin a successful career in health care. After graduating from COTC, he completed a bachelor's degree in business administration. For the past five years, Belangia has worked in the Knox County Health Department and is currently the CEO of the Knox County Health Center. Belangia recently joined the COTC Knox campus advisory board, serves on the Knox County Older Adult Task Force and the Station Break Board of Directors, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Vernon.

"Lane's professional success not only demonstrates the importance of the COTC educational programming but is also a tribute to what COTC graduates can achieve," wrote Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller in her nomination of Belangia. "Lane is also very community oriented and is as generous with service to the community as his time will allow. I value his insight, admire his work ethic and I trust him to lead his program into the future."

The COTC Transitions Alumni 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.

2018 Transition Alumni Award.JPGShackle, a Mount Vernon resident, is a 2011 graduate of COTC and has been a member of the college's staff for 13 years. She earned an Associate of Applied Business in Office Administration while employed at COTC's Knox campus. She relocated to the Newark campus in 2012 and was promoted to records management coordinator in 2014. Shackle continued her education earning a bachelor's degree in human and consumer sciences from Ohio University in 2016.

"I have come to know many of Gina's coworkers and I'm very aware of the time she puts in to make a difference with this school and its student population," said Terry Bertiaux in his nomination. For example, he wrote, "she had stayed at the office late into the night to help a student find some emergency funding so he could turn in a form that had a fee associated with it to get him credit for the last class he needed to graduate."

Ellen Robinson, COTC advisor, added, "She is extremely knowledgeable and efficient at her job and fun to be around, which makes her a valuable employee and coworker. Gina has been, and still is, an advocate for COTC, and not just in her daily work responsibilities…all three of her children began their college careers at COTC. What better recommendation than sending your children to your alma mater?"

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.