DCCC Faculty, Staff Committed to Excellence in Education

December 21, 2012 - Davidson County Community College is committed to academic execellence as evidenced by the number of faculty and staff members who have completed additional degrees in higher education during 2012. 

 “Attaining a higher degree is an outstanding accomplishment for our faculty and staff who have devoted their time outside of work, family and more to help guide our students toward success,” says Dr. Mary Rittling, president of DCCC. “DCCC applauds their exceptional efforts; we are truly blessed to have such motivated employees.”

 The following faculty and staff members completed degrees during 2012:

  • Jill Conrad, a switchboard staff member in Administrative Services, completed an associate’s degree in general education from DCCC in December.
  • Brittany Cowan, academic adviser, completed a Master of Arts in higher education from Appalachian State University in July.
  • Sydney Crutchfield, assistant pre-K teacher in the Child Development Center, completed a Bachelor of Arts in birth through kindergarten education from Catawba College in December.
  • Meagan Ferrell, instructional coordinator, completed a bachelor’s degree in human services from Anderson University in December.
  • Christy Forrest, dean of the School of Foundational Studies and Academic Support, completed a doctorate in educational leadership from Appalachian State University in December. 
  • Diane Hedgecock, instructional support staff member in Health and Public Safety, completed a general occupancy technology certificate from DCCC in May.
  • Misty Hutchens, program specialist in Cosmetic Arts, completed an Associate of Applied Science in general occupational technology from DCCC in December.
  • Amy Kepley, lead adviser in Enrollment Services, completed a Master of Arts in higher education with a focus on community college and university leadership from Appalachian State University in July.  
  • Dr. Frankie Lyons, dean of the School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety, completed a doctorate in education in adult and community college education from North Carolina State University in December. 
  • Kristin Owens, staff member in Financial and Administrative Services, completed a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in December.
  • Sandra Porter, counselor in Enrollment Services on the Davie Campus, completed a Master of Arts in higher education with a concentration in community college and university leadership from Appalachian State University in August.
  • Matt Ridge, Storm basketball coach and high school math instructor, completed a master’s degree in education curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix in October. 
  • Sarah Rimawi, support member for General Institution, completed a Bachelor of Science in accounting from High Point University in December.
  • Traci Starks, online GED instructor, completed a Master of Science in adult education from North Carolina A&T in December.
  • Holly Weir, instructor of biology, earned an accreditation in organic land care from Oregon Tilth in January.

Kim Sepich, vice president of Student Affairs who completed a doctorate in educational leadership from Appalachian State University in August, 2011, notes how important it was to her role to have completed a higher degree.

 “I am more skilled in asking critical questions about student success and determining factors that help students accomplish their goals,” Sepich says.

 “Lifelong learning is essential for career success and in life, and through their accomplishments, these college employees are modeling that to our students,” Rittling adds.

 

 Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.

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