Honors awarded to faculty and staff at CNCC in Craig
Craig — Honors were awarded to four college faculty and staff at this year’s state awards lunches.
The Colorado Community College System annually recognizes the state’s top college teachers and staff as chosen by their peers.
“It’s a peer based award. Every year we have the ability to nominate someone. Last year’s winners form a committee and pick next year’s winners,” said Jennifer Holloway, award recipient.
Faculty and staff of both Colorado Northwestern Community College campuses are honored each year and then take turns representing the college at the college system awards.
This year it was Craig faculty and staff’s turn to receive the system awards at two separate lunches — one for staff and one for faculty — held in Denver.
Adjunct faculty will also be recognized at a third lunch later this spring. Artist and CNCC adjunct art instructor Israel Holloway is on the list of people to be honored.
We caught-up with three of this year’s winners to find out how they felt about the peer recognition and what they are working on next.
Israel Holloway was not available for an interview.
CNCC Faculty of the Year — David May
May is the Director of Automotive & Diesel Technology.
He has grown the program from solo instructor teaching a single certificate to three full-time faculty offering students multiple certificates and an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
“I’m honored to receive Faculty of the Year, not only for myself but for the program that I’ve built myself. We teach three programs a day. We are five days a week. We’ve outgrown our shop,” May said.
He has big plans for the program and is currently working towards accreditation through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
“I’m looking forward to our program growing and providing services to the local community,” May said.
CNCC Classified Staff of the Year — Darby McDermott
McDermott serves as the administrative assistant III for CNCC’s nursing department and has worked for the college for 12 years.
“I do everything from answering the phone to talking to potential new students,” she said.
A resident of Craig for almost 30 years with her husband the couple have raised three children.
“All three of my kids took classes from CNCC and two have graduated with degrees,” she said.
McDermott also earned a degree from CNCC. While working for the college she earned her Associate of Science in Business Management and Communications degree from CNCC.
“I have been honored three times in 12 years. It means that my peers… appreciated what I’ve done and that I try to go above and beyond for the students,” she said.
The nursing program has been growing and plans to retain that growth by enhancing teaching resources.
“We are looking at more simulations so that students have more real life situations,” McDermott said.
Administrative/Professional-Technical Staff of the Year — Jennifer Holloway
Jennifer Holloway is director of student support and adjunct faculty.
She’s in charge of advising, housing, student activities, student government, safety Title 9 investigations, servers on the leadership team, handles student discipline, is a Phi Theta Kappa advisor, career counselor and teaches student leadership and speech classes, she said.
“It’s a busy, crazy job, but it’s so rewarding when you see them graduate,” Jennifer Holloway said.
Often the first to identify and refer students for mental health care, she is working hard to increase preventative education. She is also working to recruit and retain students to help grow the college.
“We can get people from other areas, cities, to give them an idea of what rural life is like. I want people to come here and when they are here I want them to stay,” she said.
Jennifer Holloway and her colleges May and McDermott attributed success of their programs and the Craig campus to teamwork.
“I want people to know we are a team here at CNCC and we are dedicated to our students,” Holloway said.
When in doubt, stick to the animal kingdom, blockbuster movies and children’s literature. The winners of the 20th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous were named Saturday evening to conclude the yearly festival that sees tree stumps become works of art in a matter of four days.