Fort Morgan, CO. 5/17/12. Morgan Community College (MCC) staff and faculty recently gathered to celebrate the end of the school year, as well as to recognize both personnel and the many accomplishments of the organization.
MCC President Dr. Kerry Hart began with a welcome, congratulating staff for their continual strives for excellence and noting that the organization is at its best because of the efforts by all. He provided an impressive list of accolades garnered by the college this year including being named one of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For,” with high ratings resulting in MCC being one of only twelve community colleges nation-wide to receive “Honor Roll” status; the Colorado board of Higher Education cited MCC’s Tax Help Colorado as an “Academic Program of Excellence”; The Denver Post lauded MCC as the two-year institution with the highest retention rate in Colorado for remedial students; the college offered twenty-three new courses and two new programs this year; MCC received excellent assessments as a result of four program accreditation reviews this academic year for NATEF (auto technology), NACE (collision repair), NAEYC (early childhood education), and ABE (adult basic education); CACE Gallery of Fine Art made its debut; and the MCC Jazz Ensemble performed live on-air on Denver’s NPR jazz station KUVO.
MCC students continue to excel—Dr. Hart relayed the following accomplishments over this last year: 2011 Multimedia program graduate Jessica Buckley’s photograph was chosen to be featured on the packaging label for Jones Soda, and she was also selected for a coveted internship in Brides Magazine; nine students from MCC qualified to compete at the HOSA National Conference; five Phi Beta Lambda students qualified at State to participate in the National Leadership Conference, and their advisor, Laurie Morris, was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Adviser Award; four collision repair students placed at Skills USA state competitions; auto technology student Joel Jakel won third place at the Jerry Boor Automotive Contest; Laura Malcom, a concurrent enrollment student from the Limon Center was named a Boettcher Scholar, and Trinity Moses, also from Limon, was selected to receive a prestigious Daniels Fund Scholarship; and a record breaking one-hundred students completed their GED through the Adult Basic Education program.
Faculty member Barbara Eakley-Troudt, along with staff members Kelly Johnson, Kim Maxwell, Greg Schehrer, and Gwen Steffen achieved five years of employment with the college. Marking ten years is faculty member Kelly Annand. Earning recognition for fifteen years of service are Jan Garcia and Brad Parker. MCC’s Vice President of Finance and Administration, Susan Clough, was honored for her twenty-five years of service with the college.
Vickie Meyer, from the Bennett Center, was named MCC Classified Employee of the Year. She was also recognized at a luncheon with the Governor in honor of Public Service Recognition Week. The Administrative/Professional/Technical Employee of the Year went to Purchasing Director Julie Beydler, who has been with the college for four years. Dr. Ruth Tryon was acknowledged as recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award, and Laurie Morris for this year’s Crystal Apple Award.
The community is invited to take part in Morgan Community College. The first set of summer semester classes begins Monday, May 21. In addition, the summer institute for early childhood educators has various classes with a kick-off event on Saturday, June 9. Fall semester registration is now open, view class offerings at www.morgancc.edu.