Kenai Peninsula College staff and programs honored by the Alaska Adult Education Association

by Michelle Saport  |   

Three Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) staff members and the Kenai River Campus (KRC) Learning Center were honored by the Alaska Adult Education Association at their annual conference on Sept. 25. Of the five awards presented by AAEA, KPC received four of them for their outstanding work supporting Adult Basic Education. There are 20 ABE programs in Alaska.

Carol Swartz, director of KPC's Kachemak Bay Campus, was selected as the recipient of the John L. Hulbert Award. The AAEA website states the "prestigious John L. Hulbert Award is presented for outstanding long-term contributions to lifelong learning. Recipients of this award, which is not an annual award, must have contributed to the adult education field for at least ten years."

The KRC Learning Center received the 2015 Program Award that is "given to a program that shows innovative or exemplary effort in the area of curriculum, instruction, community organization, community service and creative programs."

Sharon Christopher, former KRC AmeriCorps member and current staff member, received the Volunteer Award. This is presented "to a volunteer who contributes significant commitment or significant impact upon the community, program or students' needs."

Thelma Musgrove, Learning Center office manager received the Administrative Award, which is given "to a person involved in the administration of an adult education program and who has had a significant impact on the development of that program."

The Alaska Adult Education Association was formed in 1977 to develop effective program delivery for Alaskan adult education; enhance professional development of its practitioners; promote cooperation between practitioners, citizens, institutions and government agencies; and advocate recognition of the field.

Please join us in congratulating these folks for their outstanding achievements and the honor they bestow on our college and our ABE programs.

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