Wayne Community College has recognized its top employees for the year for 2013.
Joanna Morrisette, the college’s director of counseling services, was presented the annual Employee of the Year Award in the professional staff category.
Mrs. Morrisette’s nominator lauded her as a “problem solver who approaches every new situation with calm determination and a focus on a fair and balance solution.” She also “demonstrates leadership traits which help motivate team members to continue to provide outstanding services to our students.”
Ken Jones, a media specialist, earned the support staff award. It was noted that he is “dependable, a team player, always willing to help, and has given of himself wholeheartedly.” Jones “understands the importance of excellent customer service, exploring all possible avenues to help students and employees, and goes that extra mile to get the job done right the first time.”
Sandra Waddell, an instructor in the college’s Basic Skills Department, is the first recipient of the college’s new Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award. Ms. Waddell was one of the first instructors in the state’s community college system to obtain certification in the STAR Reading assessment system, and a “Silver Certificate,” the official North Carolina Core Basic Skills credential. An example of her dedication to her students is that she asked to continue as a volunteer when budgetary restraints resulted in reduced instructor hours.
Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by an outside committee based on initiative, enthusiasm, expertise, leadership, professionalism, productivity, creativity, involvement, and dedication. Each receives a plaque and a $500 stipend provided by the Foundation of Wayne Community College.
The Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to broaden the base of community support for educational opportunities at Wayne Community College. In addition to furnishing recognition opportunities such as these awards to the college community, the Foundation provides scholarships for WCC students, funds for educational supplies and events that cannot be paid for with State money, and public cultural events.
Wayne Community College is a public, two-year college with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, it serves 15,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 100 college credit programs.