Four Metropolitan Community College employees received statewide honors recently as hundreds of community college leaders from across the state gathered for the Missouri Community College Association’s 51st annual convention.
The convention, held at Lake of the Ozarks this year, is the largest professional development opportunity in Missouri solely focused on community colleges. MCCA is a statewide organization that allows Missouri’s 13 community colleges to work together to advance common agendas.
Those recognized were chosen from thousands across the state for their outstanding leadership, innovation and support of their community college campuses.
MCC employee honorees:
Dr. Brian Bechtel – Senior Service Award
Dr. Bechtel started with Metropolitan Community College in 1993 and has worked at the Penn Valley and Maple Woods campuses. He has served in a variety of roles over the years from Fitness Center Coordinator to Financial Manager and currently serves as Associate Dean in the Office of Occupational Education.
John Buchanan – Senior Service Award
John started college at Metropolitan Community College in 1981. At the advice of an MCC professor, he applied for a part-time position and has been part of the MCC family ever since. In 2003, he became MCC-Penn Valley’s Media Coordinator, a position that he has held with pride for the past 12 years.
Carol Kuznacic – Senior Service Award
Carol has been a full-time Spanish instructor at MCC-Longview since fall of 1989, and also served as the Foreign Languages Program Coordinator for most of that time. She has visited, lived and studied in Spain, Mexico and Guatemala.
Nita Isenhour – Senior Service Award
Nita currently serves as the College Bookstore Manager at MCC-Blue River. She has been with Metropolitan Community College for over 21 years and has served as both an Assistant Bookstore Manager and Manager during that time.
In all 11 awards were handed out to MCC students, employees and community members. The Missouri Community College Association provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.