A Wayne Community College Computer Technologies Instructor has been honored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Software Development Instructor Jenneth Honeycutt was awarded a 2021 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Designation by the AACC.
The Distinguished Faculty designation recognizes instructors who not only exemplify excellence in an academic setting, but who also work outside the classroom to help their students achieve success, according to the AACC.
“I love teaching because of the impact it makes in the lives of my students. Seeing my students achieve success and knowing that I was a vital part of that process is extremely rewarding to me,” Honeycutt said. “Knowing that lives have been transformed for the better due to my influence and guidance is the most gratifying and fulfilling part of my teaching career. I make a difference!”
“As WCC’s lead programming instructor, Mrs. Honeycutt has repeatedly proven her dedication to the college and her students. Her passion and determination were recognized in 2020 with the George E. Wilson Excellence in Teaching Award, the college’s top faculty honor,” said WCC President Thomas A. Walker Jr. “Mrs. Honeycutt’s passion for her subject and those who are learning it from her are evident in the way her colleagues, students, and graduates speak about her.”
The criteria for the designation include demonstrating passion for students and the classroom, willingness to support students inside and outside of the classroom, participation in college committees, and going above and beyond to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors.
The honor’s namesake, former AACC President Dale Parnell, was instrumental in establishing many of the foundational concepts for today’s community colleges, including student success initiatives and developing legislative language that would help to pave the way for career and technical education programs, according to Tammy Reichelt, AACC’s director of professional development and student success strategies. He was forward-thinking and set the tone for strategically planning for the needs of future community college students.
Since the recognition program’s inception in 2018, AACC has acknowledged more than 150 faculty members. The organization will celebrate this year’s honorees during a virtual recognition ceremony in May.
Awardees receive a commemorative medal and are included on the AACC Faculty Wall of Distinction and the AACC website.
As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for nearly 12 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s nearly 1,000 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all. Learn more about the AACC.
Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves 11,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 140 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.