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2015 December 29 - 10:03 pm

Honors & Awards, Dec. 21

A summary Listing of Colleges Receiving Institution and Individual Honors and Awards

Citing an innovative approach that condenses remedial coursework to save students time and money and enhance completion, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office named College of the Canyons a recipient of the 2015 Student Success Award. The award was announced by Chancellor Brice Harris at the Community College League of California annual convention. Through the “Accelerate Your Dreams to Reality” project, the college implemented two classes — Math 75 and English 96 — that nearly triple students’ chances of completing college-level courses. Math 75 prepares students who are not majoring in STEM fields to take college-level statistics. It replaces a two-course sequence of basic algebra and intermediate algebra. English 96 replaces a two-course sequence that prepares students for the transfer 100-level curriculum in just one course. The college’s acceleration efforts currently benefit more than 5,000 students per year and have resulted in one of the most robust offerings of accelerated math and English courses across the state of California. To date, students have saved more than 48,000 weeks of remedial instruction and more than $500,000 in tuition costs for remedial courses that do not count toward earning associate degrees. The Chancellor’s Student Success Award honors programs that demonstrate a commitment and significant progress toward achieving success and equity goals for students from diverse backgrounds. Winning programs also must exhibit success in the areas of access, retention, course completion, degree and certificate completion and transfer.

Oscar A. Keller Jr. and Elderlene R. Keller have created a legacy of care for others. Now their legacy will continue through the Oscar A. Keller Jr. and Elderlene R. Keller Health Sciences Building on the Central Carolina Community College (N.C.) Lee County Campus. It’s certainly a deserved tribute, considering the Keller’s generosity to the school and to the community over the years. It’s also fitting considering the number of health care graduates the Kellers have hired for their health care facilities and services throughout the years. An official ceremony recognizing this tribute was held Tuesday, Dec. 1, on the CCCC Campus. Among those present for the event were Mr. Keller and his three children — Oscar A. “Buddy” Keller III, Judy Keller Normann and Linda Keller Kelly, along with many of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There’s even a great-great-grandchild. Elderlene Keller passed away in December 2014.

Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State Community College, (Ala) is one of four Alabama women inducted into the 2015 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Lavender has a long history of success in the nursing field. Lavender once served as the dean of Health Sciences at Gadsden State and also held administrative and faculty positions with the Lurleen B. Wal lace College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Jacksonville State University. She served as a visiting professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, and she has worked in administrative posts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Anniston. A product of the state’s two-year college system, Lavender received her associate degree in nursing from the former Gadsden State Junior College School of Nursing. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Jacksonville State University and a master of science in nursing and doctorate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. Lavender served as the president of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing, an organization that has also recognized her with its highest honor, the Distinguished Professional Service Award.

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