Computer Science Instructor Receives Master Distance Educator Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2017

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Carol Muirhead, computer science instructor for the Northern Wyoming Community College District, has been selected as the 2017 NWCCD Master Distance Educator of the Year, college officials announced recently.

The Wyoming Distance Education Consortium selects one faculty member from each of the seven community colleges and the University of Wyoming for this award each year. Criteria for this award include inspiring passion and commitment from students, using available technology to enhance varied learning styles, participating in ongoing professional development opportunities, and communicating best practices and pedagogy of online learning. To learn more about the consortium, go to www.wyclass.org.

Muirhead teaches the Cyber Security (AAS) and Computer Networking Administration (AAS and certificate) degree programs, as well as the Information Technology Support Technician certificate program for NWCCD, all offered online through both Sheridan and Gillette colleges.

“Carol is always looking for new and better ways to engage with her students and is highly committed to student success,” said Jed Jensen, Dean of Career and Technical Education. “She has successfully incorporated preparation for many industry-standard certifications into her courses and has worked with local and regional businesses to place students in valuable internships, among many other accomplishments.”

As a former nontraditional student herself, Muirhead is passionate about the power of distance education. “I got my bachelor’s degree when I was serving full time in the Navy and raising two children,” she explained. “Looking back, I think I would have been more successful if I had the option to pursue my degree online.”

Muirhead holds her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree from Chaminade University.

“We are lucky to have a distance educator that is so engaged with their students,” said Steven Yount, Academic Advisor. “A completely online degree program can be a little intimidating for some students, but Carol puts them at ease by always being available to meet with them in person to answer questions and help them stay on track to meet their goals.”