“I love CCV,” said Harry Knowles, a 2011 graduate. “ I can honestly say I didn’t have one bad teacher at CCV, and that doesn’t happen too often at other schools.”
Knowles and three others spoke on a panel titled Making the Leap From College to Career: CCV Graduates Share Their Experiences. The panel capped the two-day annual faculty conference that was held at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. During the hour and a half discussion, the students explained to a group of approximately 100 faculty what about their CCV education worked, what didn’t work, and what has really helped in the real world.
Engagement, the students said, made all the difference in the world in their classes. Instructors who spent time getting to know them, who listened to and and valued their contributions, and who recognized their specific needs as students made learning and finding success in college a tangible reality. Knowles stated this outright when he talked about not having a bad teacher, but others, such Lindsay Haley ’14, gave specific examples.
2014 Faculty Excellence Teaching Awards
Each year at the faculty retreat CCV gives Faculty Teaching Excellence awards to instructors whose dedication to their students is deserving of formal recognition. Students, staff, and faculty nominate instructors for the award, and the final recipients are chosen by a college-wide committee. This year, nearly two hundred nominations were submitted. The 2014 Faculty Teaching Excellence award winners are:
Evelyn Fern Fryer
A Rutland faculty member, Fern teaches many English, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary courses. She has been a member of the Arts, Communications and Humanities committee since 2011, and has been co-chair of the committee since 2013.
John (Jack) Anderson
A Morrisville faculty member, Jack teaches many Communications, English, Interdisciplinary, and Developmental Skills courses.
“She [my instructor] would always allow me to incorporate parts of my job and my life into my assignments,” Haley said, noting that she was able to observe the behavior patterns of her own children for an assignment while earning her human services degree. “I was able to go to work and be at home and still get some homework done that way.”
Each of the students had stories to tell about horror assignments, nervousness, and the difficulties that come with attending college, but overall they said CCV instructors and staff had been supportive and knowledgeable. And most importantly, their education prepared them well.
Nicole Cremo, a 2013 criminal justice grad said that even the knowledge gained in classes she thought she wouldn’t need, such as statistics, was put to use on a daily basis. Beyond that, she said, having a degree has made a difference in her career.
“When it came time for a promotion, my degree helped,” she said, explaining that when a position opened up at her place of employment she and many others applied. Cremo, however, was the only college degree holder. She got the job, and it was in large part due to that. “When I went to apply for that job, my associates degree had a huge impact on why I got the position.”
Knowles, who is currently pursuing a bachelors degree while working, echoed those sentiments about his CCV career paying rich dividends in the working world. During his time at the College, Knowles said he made valuable connections with instructors working in the field he was studying—substance abuse treatment. Those relationships and the internships he completed landed him a job immediately.
“Talk about the value of education and the internship process,” he said, “I didn’t even have to look for a job, the jobs were looking for me.”
But the benefits in the working world aren’t the only ones CCV grads get, said Nicole Hayes.
“It’s like a community, it’s like a family,” Hayes said. “I graduated in 2010, and four years later, I still feel that way about CCV.”
And the advice all four had for the instructors? Continue approaching education like they are a family and a community.
“Stay involved and just be there for your students as much as you can be. Keep caring,” Cremo said. “That’s what made the difference.”