The Commitment to Education Award is designed to recognize the outstanding efforts of a member of an ACCSC-accredited school’s staff who is providing outstanding contributions in support of the school’s mission, its students, and the community that it serves. In recognizing the inaugural award winner, the Commission considered many factors, including efforts put forth on behalf of students to improve the quality of education the school and the facilitation of partnerships within the employment community on behalf of students and graduates.
2016 commitment to education award
YTI Career Institute
Paul Amigh serves as Lead Faculty for the Medical Billing & Coding program at YTI Career Institute in Altoona, Pennsylvania. In recognizing Paul, ACCSC took note of Paul’s commitment to developing student knowledge, skills, and abilities through his leadership of YTI-Altoona’s SkillsUSA Chapter. In fact, it was not lost on the Accrediting Commission that four years ago, Paul began laying the foundation for the school’s SKillsUSA Chapter and that today, nearly 44% of the school’s population, 92 students in total, are members. And more than just membership growth, YTI-Altoona’s SkillsUSA Chapter continues to provide opportunities for students to showcase their skills on a national level. By all accounts, in addition to his teaching load, Paul dedicates an extraordinary amount of time and effort to fundraising to get the students to the SkillsUSA competitions and he would likely tell you it is worth the extra effort it because by participating in SkillsUSA, students are exposed not only to competitions, but to leadership training, professional development, and recognition that will serve them well long after they graduate from YTI-Altoona.
2015 Commitment to Education Award
Bonnie Delashmit serves as the Assistant Regional Campus Director at L’Ecole Culinaire. Her passion for the educational enterprise and for the welfare of students and faculty, her energy, and perhaps most importantly, her willingness to innovate continually rejuvenates and convinces her students and faculty of how important their own engagement in education is to the mission of their program. While remaining current with the latest instructional strategies and technologies, Bonnie can still reach a struggling student with simple instincts and empathy coupled with complete professionalism, while also being able to accelerate and challenge her brightest students because of professional development experiences and innovations she has pursued and mastered. Additionally, Bonnie comes prepared and ready to work hard wherever she is needed, including cooking over 500 hot dogs on a hot grill in her four-inch heels for a student appreciate cookout.
2014 Commitment to education award
Ohio Center for Broadcasting, Valley View Ohio
Mark Quinn serves as Internship/Student Services Coordinator as well as an Instructor at Ohio Center for Broadcasting and his efforts as an educator have not only greatly expanded students’ experiences and opportunities in the broadcasting industry, but have helped individual students to develop to their fullest potential. Throughout his tenure with the school, Mark has developed relationships that allow students to put their abilities to use in corporate environments and created a Premium Externship Program that allows students to work, via the school, on long term projects with corporate, community, and nonprofit partners. Mark’s contributions as an instructor have revolutionized OCB’s web content curriculum, leading to the creation of a Learning Management System that meets the needs of students with a variety of learning styles and challenges. Students describe Mark’s methods as not only the best learning tools for the field of broadcasting, but also fun and exciting.