SCC Faculty & Staff Honored at the SCTEA State-Wide Conference

Article by: Cheri Anderson-Hucks | SCC
Spartanburg Community College faculty and staff members were recently honored for exemplary service at the South Carolina Technical Education Association's annual professional development conference. Established in 1974, SCTEA furthers the mission of the SC Technical College System and the welfare of its members. Membership is made up of faculty, staff from the state's 16 technical, community colleges, the SC State Technical College System office and those interested in postsecondary technical education.

"Each year, SCC's faculty and staff submit nominations of colleagues who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and dedication to the College- individuals who provide outstanding service based on their quality of instruction, student instructor relationships, and professional college and community support," explains SCC's President, Henry C. Giles, Jr. "We recognize and salute these individuals not only for their dedication to SCC, but for their outstanding service to our students as well."

SCC's 2019 SCTEA Award Winners for Outstanding Service Include:

Administrator of the Year - Michael Harvey, Assistant Registrar, Records
Staff of the Year - Scott Edge, Printing Equipment Operator, Print Shop
Faculty of the Year- Jason Bagwell, Department Chair, Horticulture Programs

In addition, the A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year Award is presented annually at the SCTEA conference to an outstanding technical, community college system employee or team for his/her contribution(s) to the SC Technical College System. Named after the system's first executive director, award recipients embody innovative approaches that meet the ever changing needs of the technical education arena and whose achievements impact most positively in our statewide efforts in economic development and the education of our students.

SCC's nominee and the state-wide winner of the 2019 A. Wade Martin Innovator of the Year Award was Marcia Schenck, SCC department chair of computer and engineering technology. Employed at SCC for the past 42 years, Schenck is a leader in the computer technology profession and most recently has been the driving force behind the college's evolving cybersecurity program of study as well as successful community initiatives. Schenck was recognized for outreach efforts to Spartanburg County K-12 students which resulted in the Cyber Patriot program - a team-based competitive program where students role-play as newly hired IT professionals tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities and hardening operating systems. Using curriculum developed by the US Air Force to teach cyber defense, the program has grown to include 14 middle/high school teams with 10 coaches and 35+ students competing across the country. Schenck's outreach efforts also resulted in the creation of summer camps - STEM camps where students learned to program robots, fly drones, created a tablet app, and teacher summer camps that taught K-12 teachers how to teach coding, giving them needed tools to incorporate IT education into their classroom curriculum.

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