2012 outstanding faculty and staff awards
Annually, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) takes time to recognize outstanding faculty and staff members throughout the system, by honoring them for their exceptional work and dedication to their local community college or regional technical college. Faculty and staff from the system's 16 colleges work tirelessly to ensure the more than 70,000 students the LCTCS serves receive the best educational and workforce training opportunities available. They do this by going above and beyond their job descriptions and rising to the meet the challenges that each college faces on a daily basis. As the state and higher education continues to face a stream of challenges and obstacles, faculty and staff have worked diligently to make sure that students are not impacted and continue to receive a world-class education at their institutions.
This year, members at each college were honored in the categories of outstanding professional staff, outstanding professional support staff, outstanding faculty and distinguished retiree. Capital Area Technical College recognized the following individuals for their continued excellence and dedication to the college.
Outstanding Professional Staff Member is awarded to Delma Jarrell Burton. Delma began her teaching career at Capital Area Technical College-Port Allen Campus as a Business Office Technology Instructor in 1995. She transferred to the CATC-Westside Campus in 2004. Burton currently serves as the Facility and Operations Coordinator, E-Learning Coordinator, and Campus Safety Representative. She continues to teach Business courses and assists with Student Services when needed. In addition, during her 15 years of employment, she has served as Faculty Advisor to the Student Government Association and as Faculty Senate Representative. Burton played a critical role in the restoration of the Westside Campus after Hurricane Gustav caused extensive damage to the campus. She has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of students through her teaching career at the CATC.
Outstanding Faculty Member is awarded to Gwendolyn Marks. Gwendolyn began her teaching career at Capital Area Technical College, Baton Rouge Campus in 1998. She was promoted to Department Head for the Care and Development of Young Children in 2003. Prior to her employment at CATC, Marks worked for 16 years with the East Baton Rouge Parish Head Start Program where she taught and administered the education component. Marks is an instructional leader who is dedicated to developing and empowering teachers and leaders who impact the lives of young children and their families. She encourages students to raise the bar and navigate the path to career success. She has been instrumental in forming strong collaborative community partnerships which serve to maximize the educational experiences of students.
Outstanding Professional Support Staff Member is awarded to David Moffat. David is a Maintenance Repairer II for Capital Area Technical College, Folkes Campus. He came to Folkes with twenty years’ experience as a boilermaker and carpenter and eight years of active duty with the U.S. Navy. He is a valuable employee whose positive attitude is contagious. He works with the Folkes’ high school partners and provided the leadership which enabled dual enrollment of 456–502 high school students the last two school years. His responsibilities also extend to property control and support to programs in four prisons. His problem prevention approach helps create a campus climate that is relaxed, yet professional.
Distinguished Retiree is awarded to Lynn Hithcock. Lynn Hitchcock began her teaching career at Louisiana Technical College, Ascension Campus in August 1980 as an instructor in the office Occupations Department. She transferred to the State Department of Education in August 1990 where she served as the Program Manager for the Business Education programs for the state’s technical colleges. Lynn made the transition to the LCTCS office where she supervised the Carl Perkins programs. She then transferred to the Baton Rouge Campus in 1999 where she served as the Chief Academic/Student Affairs Officer until her retirement in May 2011. Her love for students, along with her desire to see them succeed, was a driving force in her career in technical education.
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