Two from NWCCD earn WACCT Leadership awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @sheridan.edu

Two from NWCCD earn WACCT Leadership awards

Two nominees from the Northern Wyoming Community College District earned state-wide leadership awards at the annual Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees conference in Cheyenne on Thursday night.

Gillette College business student Diego Zepeda was named the 2013-14 Student of the Year.Sheridan College facilities specialist Monica Leonard-Walsh was named the 2013-14 Classified Employee of the Year.

Nominated by their peers, the NWCCD, consisting of Sheridan College, Sheridan College in Johnson County and Gillette College, sent a combined six people to this year’s WACCT conference. One winner in each category was chosen at the state level.

Faculty and staff were asked to nominate who they thought gave exemplary efforts in showing support for the goals and overall mission of the NWCCD in the following categories: Student, Classified Employee, Professional Employee, Faculty Member, Trustee Leadership and Foundation Volunteer.

Criteria for the awards are different for each category, but all the criteria involve excellence in their chosen area, contributions to their community college, service in the community, innovative change and improvement of the college.

Diego Zepeda, left, and Monica Leonard-Walsh pose for a photo at the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees conference in Cheyenne on Thursday. Zepeda was named the 2013-14 Student of the Year and Leonard-Walsh was named the 2013-14 Classified Employee of the Year.

Diego Zepeda, left, and Monica Leonard-Walsh pose for a photo at the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees conference in Cheyenne on Thursday. Zepeda was named the 2013-14 Student of the Year and Leonard-Walsh was named the 2013-14 Classified Employee of the Year.

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