Alumni Awards

Overview

Each year the Office of Advancement solicits nominations for several alumni awards including the Outstanding Alumni Award, Transitions Alumni Award and the John C. “Jay” Barker Community Service Alumni Award. Please see each category for nomination criteria.

Nominations are now being accepted through October 29.

Outstanding Alumni Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize 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.

Criteria to consider

  • Is the nominee more than “good at his/her job”?
  • Does the nominee give back to the community?
  • Is the nominee involved with the college?
  • Does the nominee help to advance the college?

Nominate an Alumnus/Alumna

Please return submissions to the Office of Advancement by October 31:
Central Ohio Technical College
Attn:  Kim Manno, Director of Advancement
1179 University Drive
Newark, Ohio 43055
manno.18@mail.cotc.edu
740.364.9135

Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination Form
To submit a nomination online click here.
This award is presented during the Annual Alumni Holiday Reception at the Newark campus in early December.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

The award is annually presented by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges to individuals who have graduated from a certificate or degree program from an Ohio community college and who have exhibited qualities of community and professional leadership. The award recipients are nominated by a trustee or president of an Ohio community college.

Transitions Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize COTC alumni currently working at the college in either a faculty or staff capacity who help advance the college and make a difference in the lives of current students. 

Criteria to consider

  • Is the n​ominee more than “good at his/her job”?
  • Does the nominee help to advance the college?
  • Does the nominee make a difference in the lives of our current students?

Nominate an Alumnus/A

Please return submissions to the Office of Advancement by October 31:
Central Ohio Technical College
Attn:  Kim Manno, Director of Advancement
1179 University Drive
Newark, Ohio 43055
manno.18@mail.cotc.edu
740.364.9135

Transitions Alumni Award Nomination Form
To submit a nomination online click here.
This award is presented during the Annual Alumni Holiday Reception at the Newark campus in early December.

Community Service Award

COTC John C. “Jay” Barker Community Service Alumni Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize COTC alumni who have made a significant impact on their local community through their leadership, involvement, and service. This award was created in memory of John C. “Jay” Barker (Business Management Technology, 1986), whose incredible dedication to the college and the community epitomize the qualities and characteristics this award seeks to recognize.

Criteria to consider

  • Does the nominee use their talents to serve their community?
  • Does the nominee personally undertake at least one of the following?
    • Serve on a community board or lead a community project?
    • Inspire others to volunteer their time and talents?
    • Does the nominee advance the college through their service?

Nominate an Alumnus/A

Please return submissions to the Office of Advancement by October 31:
Central Ohio Technical College
Attn:  Kim Manno, Director of Advancement
1179 University Drive
Newark, Ohio 43055
manno.18@mail.cotc.edu
740.364.9135

Community Service Award Nomination Form
To submit a nomination online click here.
The recipient will be announced ​at the annual Independence Day celebration held annually on July 3.

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Veronica Patton Outstanding Alumni Award

Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes Central Ohio Technical College alumni who have demonstrated personal and professional achievement that brings honor and distinction to the college as well as individual attainment and contributions for the betterment of the community. ​The award is presented at the annual COTC Alumni Holiday Reception held in December.

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Mark Weiner Transitions Award Recipient

Transitions Alumni Award

Established in 2009, the 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 or future students. It is presented at the annual COTC Alumni Holiday Reception held in December.

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Brittany Misner receives Community Service Award

Community Service Alumni Award

​​​​​​The John C. “Jay” Barker Alumni Community Service Award was created in 2013 by the COTC Alumni Council and is presented annually at the July 3rd Independence Day concert and fireworks to recognize COTC alumni who have made a significant impact by their service to the betterment of our community.​ ​The inaugural award was presented posthumously in July 2014 to John C. “Jay” Barker and named in his honor.

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Photo of Elizbeth Barnhart

Elizabeth Barnhart Award

The Elizabeth Barnhart Award for Nursing Excellence is presented to a graduating associate degree nursing student from the Newark campus who exemplifies the highest ideals of the nursing profession: intelligence, commitment, sacrifice, integrity and a compassionate connection to others.

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Pic of Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr.

Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award

The Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service is given out at each Peace Officer Basic Training graduation ceremony during the academic year. The selection of the recipients is based on many factors including, but not limited to, academic success and overall leadership and character.

The $1,000 award assists the recipient with equipment purchases and other expenses associated with beginning a career in law enforcement.