MCC-Business & Technology’s Cecil Davis honored for Excellence in Teaching

Cecil Davis

HVAC instructor Cecil Davis has been named MCC-Business & Technology’s recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The annual accolade goes to instructors from each community college campus in Missouri.

Davis is humble about the honor. He says, “This is really a reflection on the larger effort that goes on each and every day in the HVAC/R program. I’m excited to be involved in career and technical education and to be part of helping our students better their lives,”

Davis moved to the Kansas City area in 1985 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has been involved in the heating and cooling industry since that time. With his main experience in residential and light commercial HVAC, he has years of service with well-known companies like Neal Harris Heating, Cooling and Plumbing and Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, of which he was a co-owner.

In 2012, Anthony had grown to having more than 70 employees.  Davis sold his interest in the company and came to work for MCC, teaching mainly in the residential program. Two years later, along with teaching courses, Davis was named program coordinator for the HVAC department and is currently serving in that capacity.

“We are elated that Cecil is being recognized for his dedication to students and teaching,” said Dr. Jackie Gill, president of MCC-Business & Technology. “As the coordinator of the HVAC program, he exemplifies our mission of preparing students and creating opportunities. His work is vital in supplying the Kansas City region with skilled and dedicated HVAC workers.”

Students sing his praises. Phillip Thomas recently went through a speed interview event that the Business & Technology campus hosts frequently to prepare students for the hiring process at HVAC companies.

“I love it here,” Thomas said. “Cecil (Davis), Mike (Thorne) and all the instructors are good teachers. I feel like coming out of here, you’re going to know more than most technicians who are already working.” Read more about MCC’s recent speed interviews here.

Davis holds a master mechanical license. When he is not teaching, he operates a small HVAC company in Johnson County. He is working to complete his  bachelor of science degree in occupational education through MCC and the University of Central Missouri.

Davis lives in Olathe with his wife of 38 years. He enjoys long-distance backpacking and playing chess.

Davis and MCC’s four other faculty winners will be honored April 12 at the Missouri Community College Association’s awards luncheon in Columbia.

To learn more about MCC’s HVAC program, click here.