NEWARK — In 1981, 18-year-old Julio Valladares traveled to Newark with the El Salvador National Baseball Team to compete in the international Babe Ruth World Series. Now he calls Newark home and is doing his part to give back to the town that gave him a new beginning. On July 3, Central Ohio Technical College recognized Valladares as the recipient of the John C. “Jay” Barker Community Service Alumni Award.
“It is an honor to be one of the alumni that have received this award,” said Valladares. “It feels great to give back to the community which opened the doors for me to become who I am today.”
Today, Valladares has traded his amateur baseball career for one in accounting. He served as the assistant treasurer and then treasurer of Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools for a total of 17 years. When an opening at Newark City Schools became available in 2017, Valladares capitalized on the opportunity to return to the place where his life in this country began.
He currently serves as the treasurer of NCS and secretary to the NCS Board of Education.
Valladares graduated from COTC with an associate degree in accounting technology in 1994. This gave him the opportunity for better employment, which in turn provided the means to advance his education. Valladares received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1997 and then a Master of Business Administration in 2000, both from Franklin University. The job opportunities followed.
“COTC played a huge role in my career by opening the doors to continued education,” said Valladares. “It feels great to be back in Newark because it is giving me the chance to apply my work experience in school finance to a great community like Newark and, at the same time, feel like part of the success of a great school system.”
The COTC John C. “Jay” Barker Community Service Alumni Award was created in 2013 by the COTC Alumni Council to recognize COTC alumni who have made a significant impact through their service to improve our community.