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WKCTC Honors Faculty, Staff During Virtual Event
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MCCRACKEN COUNTY - West Kentucky Community and Technical College honored six members of its faculty and staff during a virtual in-service event last Friday.

WKCTC faculty members Jonathan Baker and Carolyn Perry, who retired this year, were among six employees recently recognized during a virtual awards ceremony which took place during the college's fall faculty and staff in-service activities.

Perry, who retired after 15 years at WKCTC, received the Phelps Award, named in memory of Finis Sargent Phelps and Florence Grubbs Phelps and established at the college in 1991. The purpose of this award is to emphasize quality, promote academic excellence, and reward competence in teaching in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Perry, a Paducah resident, joined the WKCTC faculty in 2005 and in addition to teaching, she also served as the advisor to the college's Hispanic Culture Club, the National Hispanic Honor Society, Delta Sigma Pi, and co-advisor to WKCTC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Baker, an instructor for the Industrial Maintenance Technology program, received the Paducah Junior College Faculty Award, which was established in 1999 and recognizes quality, competence, and excellence in teaching in a technical field. Baker, who lives in Benton and joined the WKCTC faculty in 2017, is the coordinator of the college's chapter of the Kentucky Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education (KYFAME) program. He partners with regional manufacturers to develop apprentice-style training WKCTC students need to become highly-skilled workers and to meet employer needs.

Paducah resident Amy Chesnut received WKCTC's Adjunct Faculty Award, recognizing the outstanding contributions and achievements of a dedicated adjunct faculty member who provides exemplary service to WKCTC students. Hired at WKCTC in 2017, Chesnut has served as an adjunct instructor in Education. She developed and taught both a behavior management course and a technology in the classroom course, offering each in-person and online. In addition, she has also taught in the First Year Experience program, better preparing new students for success in college, and has been actively involved in the college's Future Educators Club.

In addition to these awardees, Allison Smith of Mayfield, Jackie Ginter of Wickliffe and Mark Smith of Paducah were recognized as 2020 WKCTC Awards of Excellence recipients.

Allison Smith, who joined the WKCTC faculty in 2008, received the faculty award. Smith is a business professor and is both the Business Administration and Logistics and Operations Management program coordinator. In addition to teaching, she was instrumental in creating and implementing the Business Immersion Center, which provides student-centered learning opportunities, professionalism, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurial development to WKCTC's business administration students through enhanced technology and innovation in the classroom. She also serves as faculty chair for WKCTC.

Mark Smith received the administrative staff award. He was hired at WKCTC in 2011 as a business affairs assistant and was later promoted to business operations specialist. Smith was named interim director of financial aid in September 2019, and was recently named financial aid director. 

Ginter, who has worked at the college since 2017, received the support staff award. She is an administrative assistant in the nursing divisions. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to programs and faculty within the nursing division and requiring the application of involved analytical or problem-solving skills. Her role also includes supporting 32 full- and part-time faculty and over 400 students each semester.

Published 04:25 PM, Thursday Aug. 13, 2020
Updated 10:28 AM, Friday Aug. 14, 2020

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