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JOHNSON RECEIVES STATEWIDE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Madisonville Community College is pleased to announce the selection of Felecia Johnson as the statewide winner of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) New Horizons Faculty Award of Excellence. KCTCS President Jay K. Box presented the award during the May 18th awards ceremony at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Johnson was chosen for the statewide honor by the KCTCS Cabinet and received $1,000 to be used for the professional development experience of her choice.

Johnson is a Professor in the college s Business Administration Systems Program. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she coordinated the implementation of one of the most important and challenging tasks MCC has undertaken to shape and mold the work ethic, personal skills, and overall professionalism of our students. Through the Personal Effectiveness Skills (PES) initiative, Johnson has not only worked with the overall development of MCC students but has supported faculty and staff alike in their quest to become role models for students in communication, dependability, initiative, integrity, teamwork, time management, and work ethics.

MCC s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deborah Cox shared, Over the 27 years of employment at Madisonville Community College, I have never seen another faculty maintain Ms. Johnson s level of enthusiasm and readiness to serve. She has sustained excellence in teaching, advising, service, professional development, and leadership throughout her career at MCC.

Additionally, MCC staff members Candace Bennett and Kim Morrow were honored for their innovative and significant achievements, as well as service to students and the community.

Bennett serves as MCC s Workforce Transitions Coordinator and was selected as the college s nominee for the Administrative Staff Award of Excellence. In 2011, Bennett was one of the first Workforce Transitions Coordinators hired in the state and her early efforts in the promotion of the program s services and creation of recruitment materials served as a model for many across the state. She worked with key industries locally, including the mining industry, to seek opportunities for students to enroll in credit-bearing courses that would support their professional and career interests. She works diligently to find a pathway for adults to earn credit for prior learning and partners with faculty in our applied technology programs to see this through for students.

Morrow is a Student Affairs Assistant in MCC s Enrollment Center and was selected as the college s nominee for the Support Staff Award of Excellence. Morrow works on an individual, personal level with current and prospective students of all ages, races, and backgrounds. She goes above and beyond to make sure these students have the information they need (webmail set-up, FAFSA completion, etc.) to be successful college students. She is a tireless volunteer for MCC s diversity programming and was the recipient of the MCC Diversity Award in 2014. For many students, she is a mentor, cheerleader and coach. For MCC, she is a dedicated employee, recruiter and advocate.