COTC Honors Alumni at Award Ceremony

​January 12, 2015—Newark, OH—Central Ohio Technical College bestowed awards on two of its alumni at a recent ceremony. Licking County residents April Orr Dusthimer and Kris Read were Dustheimer_CoeAlumni.jpgselected for honor.

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes Central Ohio Technical College alumni who have 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.

Outstanding Alumni Award recipient April Orr Dusthimer graduated from Central Ohio Technical College in 1999 with an associate’s degree in accounting as the youngest graduate ever just after her 19th birthday. She concluded her studies with a 4.0 GPA. After graduating from COTC, April began her career at Park National Bank and continued her education, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management from Otterbein University and a master’s degree in financial economics from Ohio University. Dusthimer was promoted to vice president in the Park National Bank accounting department’s treasury unit in 2012.

Dusthimer participates in numerous community events as Parky, the Park National Bank’s mascot including parades, school events, the Hartford Fair, 5K/10K events and Trick or Treat on the Square. Beyond playing Parky, April is involved in various other community activities, such as Teach Kids to Save Day, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters Christmas Kids. April has served on the Accounting Technology Advisory Committee at COTC, and has taught as an adjunct instructor.

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.

Transitions Alumni Award recipient Kris Read, a 2007 graduate of Central Ohio Technical College, has served as webmaster at Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark since 2011. In addition to his associate’s degree from COTC, he is currently enrolled Read_JerryAlumni.jpgat Franklin University, working towards his bachelor’s degree in eMarketing.

Read coaches swimming at Newark High School, where he has served in that capacity since 2012. He donates his time at the Second Chance Dog Shelter in Johnstown, volunteering as the non-profit’s webmaster. Read began his career in public service as the web applications developer for Licking County Government and assisted that entity in the creation of a website to improve their online presence for Licking County residents.

“We are proud of our alumni’s professional achievements, personal attainment, and dedication to the community,” says Matt Kelly, director of development for COTC. Adding, “We created the Alumni Program to serve as the principal link between the college and its alumni and we encourage all COTC alumni to participate.”

For additional information regarding the Alumni awards or the Alumni Program, or to update your contact information with the college, please contact Laura Walsh at 740.364.9514 or email to Information on past winners is available through the Alumni link on the COTC web site at

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, two-year 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 operates campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.