2010 October 4 - 12:00 am



  • Over the past two years, Gwendolyn Polk Aldridge, director of assessment for Southwest Tennessee Community College, has been instrumental in helping to create standards, systems and processes to make Southwest’s quality of instruction the best it can be, according to Nevin Robbins, director of the office of planning for Southwest. Aldridge’s work has been so critical to Southwest’s preparedness for accreditation that the “Making a Difference” Award was established to symbolize gratitude for her efforts.

  • The National Council for Workforce Education has selected Kathleen Schiefen, dean of academic services at Monroe Community College’s Damon City Campus, to receive the James Jacobs Scholarship Award for her doctoral research on the impact of community colleges’ organizational structures on workforce departments.The award honors the most outstanding scholarly contributions made in the area of workforce education.Schiefen has been invited to present her research, “Entrepreneurial Orientation of Community College Workforce Divisions and the Impact of Organizational Structure: A Grounded Theory Study,” at the NCWE Annual Conference in October in Washington.Through her research, she developed a theory of how the organizational structure of community colleges influences the workforce departments or divisions to operate as small businesses to provide training to business and industry. Schiefen received her doctoral degree in higher education leadership from Capella University (Minneapolis) in June. She also holds a master’s degree in adult education from SUNY Buffalo, a bachelor’s in organizational management from Roberts Wesleyan College and an associate degree in radiologic technology from Trocaire College.

  • Jocleen McCall didn’t grow up aspiring to be a college religion instructor, but today she can’t imagine another career. McCall’s passion for teaching and dedication to her students is why she is Johnston Community College’s 2010 Instructor of the Year. McCall said she was most humbled and surprised to receive the honor from the North Carolina college. McCall earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fayetteville State University. She is also a graduate of the Duke University Divinity School and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in adult and community college education from N.C. State University.
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