NCCET 2018 Annual National Exemplary Program Awards

NCCET’s membership includes experts in the fields of continuing education, workforce education and contract training whose talents and successes often go unrecognized beyond their local college service areas.   NCCET strives to identify and honor these professionals through our annual National Exemplary Awards Program. 

NCCET members and member colleges have the opportunity to nominate peers (or themselves) for an Exemplary Program Award.  Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of NCCET Board members and other NCCET members who will select outstanding programs based on specific criteria. 

National Exemplary Program Awards Criteria: 

  1. Need/Impact– Was the program created to address a specific need with an impact on a significant number of students and/or constituents?
  2. Innovation – How is the program truly unique, addressing a need in a creative manner not previously implemented in other related programming?
  3. Sustainability – If start-up funding was utilized, how well has the program progressed to self-sustaining status following the initial start-up?
  4. Replicability – Considering the program’s track record, what is the potential for it to be successfully duplicated at other colleges across the country? 
Categories for National Exemplary Program Awards Nominations:

Nominations must be submitted within one of the following four categories.

  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Community Services & Personal Enrichment
  • Workforce & Economic Development
  • Learning Technologies & Administration 

More than one nomination may be submitted by a college; however, a separate form must be completed for each entry.  Current or past NCCET board members are eligible for this award (exclusive of the current NCCET President). 

Award winners are expected to be in attendance and present their program at the current year's NCCET Annual Conference in the fall.  Presenters will receive the presenter discount for registration to the conference. 

All nominations must be submitted by August 31, 2018. 

NCCET Kirk White Distinguished Service Award

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, NCCET presented the first "Kirk White Distinguished Service Award" posthumously to Kirk White.  Kirk White

In January 2017, Kirk White, Past-President of NCCET, passed away following a brief illness.  

Kirk was a dedicated member of the NCCET Leadership team for more than 16 years. Having served on numerous committees, as a Regional Director on the Board, and every office of the NCCET Board. After serving as President from 2013-2014 and then a year as immediate past president, Kirk continued to serve as an at-large member of the board to share his extensive knowledge of NCCET and his passion the NCCET vision and mission. 

Kirk was the Director of Continuing Education at Houston Community College. He joined HCC in May of 2011 as the first Director of the Center for Healthcare Professionals at Coleman College. He was absolutely committed to making Coleman a true provider of life-long learning for healthcare professionals. Kirk’s contributions were not confined to the field of Continuing Education. He developed the WECM 101 Faculty online course and co-chaired the HCC Prior Learning Assessment Committee. The committee developed a state best practice award-winning process. 

He was a registered nurse holding a master of science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, and a bachelor of arts in environmental design from Texas A&M University in College Station. Prior to his arrival at Houston Community College, he worked in continuing education at Austin Community College for eleven years, holding the positions of coordinator, director, executive director, interim executive dean and associate dean.

Distinguished Service Award

His work prior to the community colleges included: clinical education and staff development coordination and supervision for a major healthcare network; staff and charge nurse with adolescents and families in a psychiatric inpatient setting; staff nursing and caregiver for patients in various stages of HIV disease; and teaching/training on healthcare and staff/professional development content.

Kirk was a past president of the Texas Administrators of Continuing Education (TACE), a member of the state-wide Texas Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) Leadership Committee. He is also a past recipient of the NCCET Exemplary Program Award and an NCCET Regional Leadership Award – South Central Region, NCCET President’s Award and an Emeritus Member of NCCET. 

In recognition of his dedication to Community College Workforce Development and Continuing Education, his passion for the professional development of his colleagues in community colleges, and his leadership and service to NCCET and its members, the NCCET Board of directors has established the “Kirk White Distinguished Service Award.”


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