Total Commitment to Student Success Award
Jackson College wants to recognize the many ways our employees make a positive impact on students. In keeping with the College’s Total Commitment to Student Success, the Jackson College Foundation will fund a $500 TCS2 Award and trophy to one employee making a difference in the life of a student(s). This honor will be awarded at each Convocation to the deserving recipient. Take a few minutes and honor a fellow employee for the amazing work he/she does, recognizing efforts that support student success.
A special thank you to the Jackson College Foundation for funding this award, acknowledging the amazing employees at Jackson College who are recognized for their Total Commitment to Student Success.
Fall 2020 – Zak McNitt
Zak McNitt helps Corrections Education Program staff work through the unique situations encountered with a population not physically on campus, helping students so we can best serve them. Zak has presented transfer workshops for CEP students and assisted with registrations at multiple facilities. He is approachable; staff, faculty and students benefit from his willingness to work through issues, offering his expertise and truly listening. He also works patiently guiding staff through exceptional situations with students. He ensures that Jackson College is following all the guidelines necessary to maintain our credentials and high-quality programming while maintaining respect for individual differences. He maintains high standards for our institution, for himself, staff and students, clearly demonstrating his Total Commitment to Success. Congratulations, Zak, for all you do!
Spring 2020 – Sara Main
Sara cares deeply about her students and is fully committed to teaching her heart out to support student success. She goes above and beyond every day.
Sara is one of the most student-centered faculty we have at JC, and that is saying a lot, given how student-centered our faculty are! She is always seeking out faculty professional development to be even more of a champion for students. After visiting San Jacinto College, she worked closely together with a colleague to design and implement a groundbreaking initiative in the math department of blending developmental MAT 040 with college-level MAT 130. The model emphasizes Inquiry Based Learning and building a positive community of learners who help one another, support each other, challenge each other, as they grow together throughout a term. What results is a positive learning experience for students and faculty alike. She cares about students, and it not only shows, it radiates!
Fall 2020 – Jennifer Dobbs
Jennifer Dobbs has been incredibly productive during the pandemic. She created an online New Employee Orientation program, assisted the Jackson College Foundation with the COVID-19 Emergency Request program for students and employees (an offshoot of the Harriet Myer Fund), and has been the driving force on the Reintegration Task Force. She essentially brought together Reintegration Plan and then, combined with the individual department protocols, developed plans and protocols to prototype that allowed students back on campus for lab work and our Ready, Set, Jet! program. This work was definitely outside of the scope of her job responsibilities even though she kept her duties within HR all moving effortlessly. She exemplifies the College’s Total Commitment to Student Success. Congratulations, Jen, and thank you!
Winter 2020 – Sandra Phelan
Congratulations to Sandra Phelan, special events and community relations coordinator, recipient of the winter 2020 TCS2 Award! Part of her duties include coordinating the annual Dick Wendt Holiday Raffle that benefits the Harriet Myer Student Emergency Fund. She also coordinates requests for students from the fund, meets with students and forwards requests on to the Jackson College Foundation. Thank you for your Total Commitment to Student Success!
Fall 2019 – Johnny Blagg
Johnny is here for the students. Every day. It is the reason he comes in. It is clear in his approach to getting his job done. He makes sure that he knows the schedule of the gym, classroom and weight room to develop a plan for approaching his work for the day. He wants to get the building as clean as possible without being disruptive to the flow of people through our doors. He takes time to get to know our students, and makes them feel like this is their home. He stays connected with them even after they leave Jackson College. He is a big part of the student athlete experience at Jackson College and is so very appreciated.
Spring 2019 – Sara Cornell
Sara demonstrates Total Commitment to Student Success every day that she serves Jackson College. Sara spends her time meeting with students, planning the HCEMC Colloquia every week, attending committee meetings, seeking out professional development opportunities, as well as volunteering in the community. Sara has done a great job transitioning to the HCEMC advisor while maintaining her role as a Student Success Navigator. Everything Sara does to serve Jackson College is a step to ensure our students will be successful. Sara is very passionate about her students’ success and that shows in the work she does every day. Sara has taken on new roles to ensure Total Commitment to Student Success on different levels. Her work in the Early Middle College is proof that she makes a positive impact to Jackson College and the Hillsdale County Community every day.
Winter 2019 – Antoine Breedlove
Antoine Breedlove, multicultural student programming coordinator, understands that relationships are important when helping students. Exhibiting compassion and understanding, he creates an atmosphere that is safe, nurturing and unbiased, based on his own college experience. He has provided many opportunities for students, such as initiating a flag football league that involved 43 students. Students had fun and enjoyed a positive experience that taught them character, teamwork and respect for others. He has interceded for students with faculty and assisted students in completing homework. Breedlove has walked students into the Center for Student Success, navigator offices, ombudsman’s office and the Health Clinic to make it easier for them to get the services they need. When a student needed to get a prescription filled at pharmacy, he drove them to Meijer. Breedlove initiated a Barbershop Mentoring program that brings a licensed barber to campus twice a month. Students may pay $10 per haircut, but if they attend Center for Student Success for two hours or more, they receive a free haircut. In the Summer Jets program, he mentors incoming students, listening to their challenging, making sure they have food when they are hungry, even taking them to jobs off-campus when they don’t have transportation.
Fall 2018 – Darren Chase
Darren works with great dedication in Jackson College’s International Student Institute. Darren creates a welcoming atmosphere that makes students want to spend time visiting and hanging out. Darren takes a personal interest in the International students assisting them with daily tasks beyond education such as banking, grocery shopping, overcoming language barriers, health care needs and planning fun engaging activities for the students outside of the College.
Spring 2018 – Michael Coy
Michael’s commitment to his department, the Arts, Jackson College and to students has enriched the lives of JC students as well as the Jackson College community. Michael quietly goes Above and Beyond because he sees what needs to be done and just does it without fanfare or recognition. Michael demonstrated this with a Student Employee in the Theatre Department. Mentoring and guiding the student, often on his own time, to the point that she has moved on to a State University to pursue her degree in Stage Craft. For these reasons, and many others, Michael clearly demonstrates Total Commitment to Student Success.