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Wayne Community College recognizes its top employees of year

By From staff reports
Published in News on January 6, 2014 1:46 PM

Wayne Community College has recognized three of its top employees for the past year.

Joanna Morrisette, the college's director of counseling services, was presented the annual Employee of the Year Award in the professional staff category.

Mrs. Morrisette's nominator lauded her as a "problem-solver who approaches every new situation with calm determination and a focus on a fair and balance solution." She also "demonstrates leadership traits which help motivate team members to continue to provide outstanding services to our students."

Ken Jones, a media specialist, earned the support staff award. He was credited with being a dependable team player who "understands the importance of excellent customer service, exploring all possible avenues to help students and employees, and goes that extra mile to get the job done right the first time."

Sandra Waddell, an instructor in the college's Basic Skills Department, is the first recipient of the college's new Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award. Ms. Waddell was one of the first instructors in the state's community college system to obtain certification in the STAR Reading assessment system, and a silver certificate, the official N. C. Core Basic Skills credential. An example of her dedication to her students is that she asked to continue as a volunteer when budgetary restraints resulted in reduced instructor hours.

Each year, honorees at the college are nominated by their peers and selected by an outside committee based on initiative, enthusiasm, expertise, leadership, professionalism, productivity, creativity, involvement, and dedication. Recipients are given a plaque and a $500 stipend provided by the Foundation of WCC.