COTC Honors Alumni at Holiday Reception

December 4, 2015—Newark, OH— Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) bestowed awards on two of its alumni at the annual COTC Alumni Council Holiday Reception held on December 2 at the Newark campus. Licking County residents Jan Tomlinson and Timothy J. Young were selected for honors presented by COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. and COTC Alumni Council President Jerry Billman.

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes Central Ohio Technical College alumni who have demonstrated personal or professional achievement that brings honor and distinction to the college as well as individual attainment and contributions for the betterment of the community.
The 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Timothy J. Young has been the chief executive officer and president of Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries, Inc. since 2011. Prior to this position he was the assistant executive director and has been employed by the company for over seven years. At Goodwill, Young is accountable for a multi-million dollar budget, seven vice presidents and a staff of over 350 individuals. Previously, he worked in the real estate business where he received many sales and recognition awards including Realtor-Salesperson of the Year from the Licking County Board of Realtors in 1990. His leadership accomplishments are numerous. "He truly has had an impact in central Ohio and especially Licking County," said Judge Michael Higgins, who nominated Young.

Also nominating Young for the award were Robert H. McGaughy, chair of the Licking/Knox Goodwill board and Jack Crockford, past president of the same board. "He cares deeply about the many individuals with disabilities who are served by Goodwill, and his every thought and action has those special people foremost in his mind," said McGaughy. "He is the type of leader who wants the right thing to happen for the right reason and with little regard to who gets the credit."

Young received his Associate of App​lied Business in Business Management Technology from COTC in 1990.

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.

Tomlinson_2015_Transitions_hr.jpg2015 Transitions Alumni Award recipient Jan Tomlinson has been the assistant to the president at COTC since 2004 and has worked at the college since 2003. Described as dedicated to customer service, she directs the operations of the office and the daily schedule. "Her commitment to the college is the direct result of her passion for the community and she aggressively seeks opportunities to link the two," said Teri Holder, COTC executive vice president for extended campuses and Gateway. Raising her family in Heath, Tomlinson has also been a dedicated volunteer in the Heath School district, specifically with the athletic boosters. She is committed to volunteerism with her church, where she is an elder and trustee, as well as with the Salvation Army.

Tomlinson was nominated for the award by Vicki Maple, director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) at COTC.  "Jan's organizational skills are remarkable, her control of detail is notable, and her ability to balance personal and professional responsibilities is extraordinary," said Maple. "The genuine sense of interest she takes in others is inspiring, and perhaps most admirable is her display of integrity and character with the most earnest intentions for helping others."

Tomlinson received an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management Technology from COTC in 2012.

"We are proud of our alumni and their professional achievements, personal attainment and dedication to the community," says Matt Kelly, director of development for COTC. "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 her at 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 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.