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WKCTC Employees Win Awards

WKCTC Adult Education DepartmentWest Kentucky Community and Technical College employees took home exemplary leadership awards in the individual and team categories at the 20th Annual Chair Academy conference held recently in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Renea Akin, dean of institutional research, planning, and effectiveness at WKCTC, was one of three academic leaders from the United States and Canada to win the Individual Exemplary Leadership Award.

The Chair Academy chose Akin based on her work that enhances faculty and staffs knowledge of how research drives decision-making, planning and budgeting. Akin collects data that allows the college to identify and measure the effectiveness of programs, services, and teaching. The Academy awarded Akin for her dedication to supporting student engagement and identifying how student engagement affects academic performance and student success. Akin was also recognized for her roles and responsibilities that are critical to the accreditation process of WKCTC.

Akin teamed with Bridget Canter, WKCTCs human resource director, to implement the employee First Year Experience program that earned them the Team Exemplary Leadership Award. WKCTC places a great deal of effort on employees being successful and reaching their potential, said Akin. The First Year Experience program is a year-long comprehensive plan that strives to make an easy transition for new employees into the WKCTC family, Canter said.

The program was recognized by the Academy for the unique way of offering employees a warm welcome to the college, supportive environment, and knowledge of how to navigate campus facilities, and information critical to transitioning into a new position and work climate. The program also provides employees with a history of the college, community, and organizational structure of the college in a thought provoking and innovative manner. Employees meet once a month in different buildings to become familiar with the college environment. The entire campus is involved at some level as trainers, mentor, presenters, or first year employees of the program.

The Chair Academy also awarded the Adult Education Team at WKCTC a Team Exemplary Leadership Award based on their caring and supportive learning environment designed to facilitate student success. Adult Education Director Betty Myrick is proud of the teams approach to student success. We accept students where they are and assess their academic skills and learning abilities to determine the support they need from us, she said.

The team works to increase the skill level of students with psychological and academic deficiencies through the utilization of various methods. The AED program provides skill building in reading, writing, math, and language acquisition, GEC preparation, and testing. As skills are increased, students support services are slowly removed to build confidence, and encourage independence. We work to ensure the welfare and progress of all our students, Myrick said.

The Chair Academy is an international leadership-training program designed to advance academic and administrative leadership for post-secondary institutions.
Each year college and university employees from around the world are chosen to showcase their outstanding programs and services at the groups annual conference.

The programs recognized by The Chair Academy showcased the leadership qualities of our faculty and the very successful Adult Education Program said WKCTC President Barbara Veazey. We are pleased to be acknowledged as outstanding international leaders in academics.