West Kentucky Community & Technical College uses a media tool called Merit to publicize students’ achievements both in and out of the classroom, over social media, in hometown newspapers and online. Students receive recognition when they are named to an academic honor society or a leadership position, study abroad, volunteer on a mission trip, or make the Dean’s List, for example. Merit also automatically creates a personal online profile for each student, which can be used for internship or employment referrals.
Faculty and staff members or organizations notify the Director of Public Relations of exceptional student achievement or news, and a list of those who have earned the accomplishment. The director then writes a brief article and awards a “badge,” which is published on the student’s Merit profile. In many cases, the information is also sent to the student’s hometown newspaper.
• Merit creates a positive, institution-verified online identity—a visual resume that showcases a student’s achievements from enrollment through graduation.
• Your online reputation matters! Many companies now research applicants online. Merit gives West Kentucky students a professional looking web profile to which people who make decisions about internships, graduate school and jobs may refer.
• Merit makes it easy to share good news with family and friends over email or social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or LinkedIn.
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Students: If you receive an Merit achievement, you will be notified by e-mail. You can claim your Merit page two ways after being notified: Either follow the directions in your email or...
1. Go to westkentucky.kctcs.meritpages.com and type your name in the search bar.
2. Next to your name, click on “Is this you?”
3. Enter your KCTCS email address and submit the form. Merit will send you a confirmation email.
4. “Claim” your Merit page by signing into email, Facebook or Twitter and following the prompts. If you do not use Facebook or Twitter, you can still view and claim your profile and share your achievements; however, you won’t be able to customize it with a photo, additional activities or work experience. When you claim your profile, you have several opportunities to select your own privacy settings and permissions. You may also opt out at any time.
Keep in mind that Merit is not a mandatory program. It's up to the student to decide if they want to participate or not. If a student claims their page, they don't have to put anything else on the page if they do not want to do so. Merit is just an opportunity for students to receive the attention they deserve.
Questions can sent to WKmerit@kctcs.edu.
To opt out of this program, simply reply to the e-mail you receive from Merit and asked to be removed. You will also be given instructions on how to opt out of future stories in the initial e-mail received from Merit.