Each year, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges seeks nominations of instructors from the ACCSC membership who are providing outstanding career and technical instruction.
In selecting the ACCSC Instructor of the Year, the Commission considers several characteristics, including:
Significant and positive contributions by the instructor at their school and within their community;
Efforts put forth on behalf of students to improve the quality of education at their institution;
Facilitation of partnerships within the employment community on behalf of students and graduates;
Professional contributions through active involvement with a related professional organization, including providing presentations at conferences/seminars, or publishing articles within their field of expertise;
Leadership in career education as demonstrated through the design or implementation of a creative curriculum that has enhanced students’ learning experiences.
2012 Instructor of the Year
Utah College of Dental Hygiene, a division of Careers Unlimited
West Orem, Utah
The Instructor of the Year Award is presented to an individual who is providing outstanding career and technical instruction at an ACCSC-accredited institution. This year’s winning candidate, Brent Molen, truly embodies the characteristic and qualities of an outstanding, dedicated, and passionate instructor.
Brent Molen has been a key contributor to the success of the Utah College of Dental Hygiene (UCDH) since joining the organization twelve years ago. Throughout his tenure, Brent has made a number of significant contributions to the organization, including serving as a key faculty member, supporting the school’s Program Advisory Committee initiatives, and working with employers to ensure that UCDH graduates have every opportunity to be successful in the workplace. But it is through Brent’s leadership in developing and enhancing the school’s community service initiatives that have impacted students in a profound way. By coordinating the development, support, and staffing of various community service initiatives like the Give Kids a Smile program, Brent has made a concerted effort to ensure that the students at UCDH understand that what they do as a profession has the potential to enhance the lives, and oral healthcare, of the school’s local community.
The positive and significant impact of Brent’s contributions has in effect allowed hundreds of children and families to receive dental services they otherwise would not have received. These efforts have also provided opportunities for students of the college to benefit from practical work experience in the field, while at the same time, to begin to develop an understanding of the significant impact and changes to people’s lives that volunteerism and community involvement on a local level can have.
It is through these efforts, and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to UCDH, that ACCSC recognizes Brent Molen as the 2012 Instructor of the Year.