NEWARK, Ohio, November 17, 2016 – Faculty and students from Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) Law Enforcement Technology (LET) program are preparing to burn a few calories before they eating their Thanksgiving dinner next week. The COTC group, which calls itself "The Blue Team" to represent law enforcement officers, has been participating in the Granville Turkey Trot since 2007.
"In 2006 COTC kicked off the newly designed LET associate degree program. Infused in this degree were four progressive wellness classes to prepare the LET student for the fitness demands," said Associate Professor Mark Prince. "The wellness courses really became popular with the LET students, and so did becoming more fit. As a result, we began looking for other things to do with our time to encourage wellness, to have fun and to do something for the sake of goodness. That's when we got involved in the Granville Turkey Trot. Throughout the years, the team has evolved to include LET students, former graduates, in-service officers, the sheriff of Licking County, Basic Police Academy students and criminal justice technology students."
The 5K run/walk occurs on Thanksgiving morning, and all proceeds benefit the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. Prince said all the members of "The Blue Team" like participating because they are giving back to the community.
"Students were performing an act through this event whereby they paid to participate and performed activities in which all the proceeds go to the Food Pantry Network of Licking County," said Prince. "I personally enjoy the fact that through something as simple and fun as running 3.1 miles with our students, we can collectively raise hundreds of dollars in a group and help out our community. For our students this act of giving helps to illustrate the principles on which our country was founded and those principles taught and embraced in the law enforcement profession's code of ethics in which protecting and serving are paramount."
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. 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, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.