GC instructor Miller earns Outstanding Technical Teacher Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2014
Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @sheridan.edu
GC instructor Miller earns Outstanding Technical Teacher Award; Cloud Peak Energy recognized
Gillette College welding instructor Troy Miller recently earned the Outstanding Technical Teacher Award at the 51st annual American Technical Education Association (ATEA) national conference in St. Paul, Minn.
Miller, a renowned welding educator who has more than 15 years of experience in the technical fields, began teaching at Gillette College in 2011.
“When I was in college, I was fortunate to have an instructor/mentor who believed in me and brought out the best in me,” Miller said. “It has always been my goal to do for others what he did for me. I am very humbled and honored to be recognized for my hard work and what I have achieved in teaching.
“Thank you to those who nominated me for this award, and thank you to those who gave their time to provide letters of recommendation.”
Miller, a Nebraska native, earned an associate degree in welding technology from Central Community College in Hastings, Neb. He later taught at the college for eight years.
“Troy knows his craft and has been very successful in translating that knowledge to be a very effective faculty member,” said Jed Jensen, Dean of Career and Technical Education for the Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD). “Troy has elevated the welding program to one that meets the needs of industry partners who support us and more importantly the needs of his students.”
Dr. Paul Young, president of the NWCCD, said, “Not only has Troy transformed our welding program for the workforce, he has built one of students who take pride in their work. It was under his guidance that the SkillsUSA Welding Fabrication Team won the Wyoming state competition, and under his further guidance, that same team placed second in the national competition.”
According to ATEA, the Outstanding Technical Teacher Award is “presented to a full-time postsecondary technical education instructor whose performance and contributions are exceptional. Innovative teaching strategies must be apparent and involvement with business and industry is essential.”
The ATEA also recognized Cloud Peak Energy with the Silver Star of Excellence Award, a tribute to Cloud Peak Energy’s unwavering commitment to technical programs at NWCCD.
The Silver Star of Excellence Award, sponsored by the ATEA and the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), is awarded “to a company that is supportive and committed to postsecondary technical education.”
Cloud Peak Energy has provided technical assistance and financial support and donated materials and equipment to Gillette College and the NWCCD. One of the largest and safest coal producers in the United States, Cloud Peak Energy has also provided internships, student co-ops, scholarships, advisory board memberships and jobs for graduates.
In addition to the award, Cloud Peak Energy will be inducted into the NTHS Educator-Industry Hall of Fame.
“Cloud Peak Energy’s support to the Northern Wyoming Community College District has been invaluable,” Jensen said. “Their commitment and generosity have propelled our students and programs to new heights. We are extremely appreciative of all Cloud Peak Energy does for us.”