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WKCTC Honors Faculty and Staff at Awards Reception

West Kentucky Community and Technical College faculty members Dr. Doug Pruitt and Greta Henry were among six employees recognized during a faculty and staff awards reception Friday, May 1.

Dr. Pruitt, an psychology professor at WKCTC, received the Phelps Award, named in memory of Finis Sargent Phelps and Florence Grubbs Phelps that was established at the college in 1991. The purpose of this award is to emphasize quality, promote academic excellence, and reward competence in teaching in the Liberal Arts and Sciences disciplines. Dr. Pruitt, a Paducah resident, joined the WKCTC faculty in 2001. He earned a bachelors and masters degree from California State University in San Bernardino, Ca., and a PhD. in psychology from Bowling Green University in Ohio. Dr. Pruitt was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by the WKCTC student body.

Greta Henry of Benton received the Paducah Junior College Faculty Award, which was established in 1999 and recognizes quality, competence and excellence in teaching in a technical field. Henry began working at WKCTC in 2012 and is the program coordinator for the colleges Interdisciplinary Early Childhood program (IEC). She earned a bachelors degree from Kent State University in Ohio and a masters from Murray State University. Henry has dramatically increased the enrollment in the IEC program to 156 students.

WKCTC recently established the Adjunct Faculty Award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of a dedicated adjunct faculty member who provides exemplary service to WKCTC students. Trena Taylor of Paducah, the inaugural recipient of award, earned a bachelors and masters degree in mathematics from Murray State University. Taylor has taught math part-time at the college since 2005, and she continually strives to help her students be successful at WKCTC.

In addition, Dr. Karen Hlinka of Benton, Mason Tudor of Murray and Alexandra Turley of Paducah were recognized as WKCTCs nominees for the Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems (KCTCS) 2015 New Horizon Award.

Each KCTCS college nominates one administrative member, one faculty member, and one staff member for the award by their fellow college employees. One faculty member, one administrative member, and one staff member from the 48 people nominated within the KCTCS system will be chosen as the top staff and faculty representative at a special awards banquet to be held later this month.

Tudor, tutoring center director, was nominated in the administrative category. Tudor, who joined the college in 2007, is responsible for the supervision and management of the tutoring center where he oversees peer tutoring for approximately 46 different subjects.

Nominated in the faculty category, Hlinka, a biology professor and dean of the math and science division, joined the college in 1994. She is continually looking for new ways to provide student access and success that are moving her division, WKCTC and KCTCS toward fulfilling their goals.

Turley, who is the senior administrative assistant for Workforce Solutions, was nominated in the staff category. Turley has recently assumed responsibility for the operations of the main office of Workforce Solutions.

Registration for summer and fall classes at WKCTC is also underway. Call 1-(855) GO-WKCTC or visit westkentucky.kctcs.edu for class offerings. Fall classes begin August 17.

(L to R) Dr. Karen Hlinka of Benton, KCTCS 2015 New Horizons nominee (faculty); Alexandra Turley of Paducah, KCTCS 2015 New Horizons Award nominee (staff); Mason Tudor of Murray, KCTCS 2015 New Horizons nominee (administrative staff); Paducah residents Trena Taylor, WKCTC Adjunct Faculty Award recipient and Dr. Doug Pruitt, 2015 Phelps Award recipient; and Greta Henry of Benton, 2015 Paducah Junior College Faculty Award recipient.