Honors & Awards
Crystal Crane, Coast Community College District’s (Calif.) interim director of human resources, is the 2014 District-site Manager of the Year. This year’s selection was announced at the district’s annual management association mixer. Crane is responsible for human resources programs and services for the district and its three colleges. Cited by her colleagues for outstanding service and skills, Crane was recognized for her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty
The Illinois Community College Trustees Association, an organization that provides legislative advocacy and educational opportunities for college boards, named Oakton Community College Trustee Jody Wadhwa as a recipient of the 2014 Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award. The award, established in 1992, recognizes extraordinary board service and leadership by an Illinois community college trustee. Hartstein was the founding chair of Oakton Community College and a two-term ICCTA president. A resident of Northbrook, Wadhwa has been on Oakton’s Board of Trustees since 1987 serving as chairman, vice chairman, and secretary. A native of India, Wadhwa came to the United States in 1956 after graduating from Punjab University. After spending 20 years working for the Chicago-based company EZ Foil as general manager and later as chief operating officer, he began devoting his life to public service. Active at the college for more than 25 years, in 1989 he established the Wadhwa Endowed Scholarship, which awards financial assistance to engineering students, and in 2010 created the Gandhi-King Peace Essay Endowment, which recognizes students who exemplify the beliefs and practices of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. This year, Wadhwa instituted the Gandhi-King State of Illinois Peace Essay Endowment.
When Marquette Academy’s 2014 “Running Start” graduates claimed their high school diplomas and associated degrees, it recalled the history of dual enrollment programs. Illinois Valley Community College and Marquette High School started a dualcredit program in 1986. It became the first dual-credit program in the state of Illinois and was the model for several other programs in the state in subsequent years. It is one of the earliest and longest-running dual-credit, dual-enrollment programs in the country. The first few years of the program allowed juniors and seniors to carry two college classes each semester at the high school. By attending one summer class on campus, a graduating senior would have completed one semester of college work prior to starting college full-time the following semester. Students, with counseling support, were able to put together enough dual-credit and dual-enrollment classes to be able to obtain one full year of college credit.