This is the second year in a row that members of the WKU Division of Extended Learning and Outreach have received awards from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA).
More than 80 colleagues from the southern United States gathered in Atlanta last week for the UCEA Conference, South Region. At the Annual Awards luncheon on Oct. 19, the Center for Training and Development was presented with the award for Program of Excellence in the Non Credit category.
“This award represents what can happen when a group of individuals come together to accomplish a common goal,” stated Manon Pardue, CTD Director, of the Consortium Training Project that won the award.
As the name of the Training Project indicates, “Uniting Industries, Sharing Costs, Building Successes,” through partnerships with companies, educational providers, and the chamber of commerce leadership, CTD has been able to provide educational opportunities to business and industry throughout south central Kentucky at a fraction of the normal cost.
The Summer Sessions office was recognized during the luncheon as well, receiving the Program for Special Populations award. This award was presented for Summer Session’s partnership with the Bowling Green Community College to provide Summer Early Entry (S.E.E.) for incoming freshmen with developmental education needs.
“I was thrilled,” said Beth Laves, Director of Summer Sessions, “that UCEA South chose Summer Early Entry for the special populations award. The faculty of BGCC did an outstanding job of creating a program that meets a growing need of first time freshmen, that of developmental education. We are very proud of this program and expect it to become even more popular in coming years.”
The University Continuing Education Association serves as an important resource to the Continuing Education profession. Its members include public and private accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities, international universities, and nonprofit organizations with a significant commitment to professional and continuing higher education. Members rely on the Association for strategies that can help them respond to the growing population of adults and non-traditional students seeking continuous learning opportunities. UCEA attaches high priority to meeting the professional development needs of its members.
The Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) at WKU is made up of 10 units that take the educational resources of WKU to the citizens of Kentucky and around the world.