By CCWeek Staff  /  
2017 October 24 - 09:04 am

Honors & Awards

A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation

Poultry Science Students: Students who received tuition and book scholarships to participate in the 2+2 Poultry Science Program are, from left, Ethan Waters, Craig Covington, Joseph Wiggins, Aaron Mackey, Terry Stephens, Krista Thompson, Dawson Foshee and Paul Wynn.

A group of Gadsden State Community College (Ala.) students were recently celebrated for securing scholarships to participate in a unique program with Auburn University. The 2+2 Poultry Science Program gives students the opportunity to complete their freshman and sophomore years at Gadsden State Cherokee and their junior and senior years at Auburn University. In the end, students will earn a bachelor’s degree in poultry science. “This program is unique to Cherokee County,” said Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State, during a July 31 reception. “We recruit students to take advantage of what we have to offer at this beautiful, welcoming campus. Gadsden State Cherokee creates growth in our community and stimulates the economy.” The reception was held to honor nine students who earned a scholarship that pays for 13 credit hours for the fall semester in addition to a $500 book scholarship. Scholarship recipients include Ethan Waters of Gadsden; Craig Covington, Paul Wynn and Joseph Wiggins, all of Centre; Aaron Mackey of Piedmont; Terry Stephens and Dawson Foshee, both of Leesburg; Krista Thompson of Boaz and Peyton Merrill of Graham. Wallace Berry, associate professor of poultry science at Auburn University, reiterated the sentiment to the scholarship students. “Graduate and stay in Alabama,” he said. “Life opportunities are waiting on you. There are a number of positions available. You can write your own ticket.” Those who earn their poultry science degree aren’t always chicken farmers, he said. “You’re not limited to working in a chicken plant or in poultry production,” Berry said. “There are many things you can do. The opportunities are endless — everything from being a field technician to being a CEO of a genetics company. We even have students that go onto medical school.” He said poultry science students at Auburn University receive four to five job offers before they graduate.

From left: John VanElst, GRCC Pathways to Success program manager; John James, GRCC Workforce Training job developer; David Lovell, America’s Promise program manager; Jeff Byrd, GRCC Workforce Training career coach; and Julie Parks, executive director of GRCC Workforce Training.

A Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) program that combines English as a Second Language coursework with technical skills training recently received an award from a state organization. The Michigan Association of Continuing Education and Training gave its 2017 Special Project Award to GRCC’s ESL/CNC Precision Machining program. GRCC teamed up with the Hispanic Center of West Michigan and the Literacy Center of West Michigan to develop the program, which launched inspring 2016. Julie Parks, GRCC’s executive director of workforce training, said the course directly addresses two concerns: area employers’ need for skilled workers and high unemployment rates for people with only basic proficiency in English. Roberto Torres, the Hispanic Center’s executive director, organized a community meeting to discuss training possibilities. Those attending were interested in CNC precision machining skills. Chad Patton, the Literacy Center of West Michigan’s customized workplace English manager, brought expertise in occupational English skill integration to work with the GRCC team, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided funding. Of the 15 people who entered the program in spring 2016, 14 completed it and all received either new jobs or jobs with higher wages.


South Jersey Biz magazine recently named Rowan College at Gloucester County President Frederick Keating one of South Jersey’s top 50 industry professionals. This year’s Power 50 list represents successful business leaders involved in education, health care, government, nonprofit, real estate, finance and more who have worked hard to get to the top of their fields and had a far-reaching impact within the community. Keating, a recognized academic leader with more than 30 years of experience in higher education, became the college’s seventh president in February 2012 and has been recognized for his academic service and innovative leadership. Under his guidance, and in collaboration with the college’s stakeholders, RCGC has seamlessly moved forward forging a premier partnership with Rowan University and affiliations with other area universities, initiating scholarship programs, expanding the campus with new construction and modernizing renovations, and establishing the Center for College and Career Readiness.

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