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Missouri Community College Association hosts successful annual convention 

(Jefferson City, Mo., January 17, 2023) - Over the past three years, higher education institutions have faced unprecedented challenges throughout the state and the nation. However, as educational, societal and economic needs evolve, endless growth opportunities will exist. Last November, the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) invited community college and workforce development professionals to join them in St. Louis, Mo., for their 58th annual Convention and Tradeshow as they work to advance Missouri community colleges.

The convention attracted more than 500 attendees, 43 sponsors and exhibitors and featured more than 60 breakout sessions. In addition, over $1,000 was raised during the silent auction for STL College Kids, a children’s savings account program where students are provided with access to safe, affordable financial resources and tools to help them reach their future college and career goals.

19 awards were presented throughout the convention weekend, including:

Excellence in Teaching Award

  • LaRhonda L. Wilson, St. Louis Community College
  • Lisa Ebert, Jefferson College

Administrative Professional Leadership Award

  • Raymond Wade, Ozarks Technical Community College
  • Alice Whalen, East Central College

Classified Staff Achievement Award

  • Linda Basich, St. Louis Community College
  • Rebecca Dennison, Crowder College

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

  • Christine Mathews, St. Charles Community College
  • Sheri Mitchell, Three Rivers College

MCCA Innovation Award

  • Tatia Shelton and Dave Johnson, Metropolitan Community College
  • Michelle McCall, Moberly Area Community College; Dru Nash, Columbia Public Schools

Award of Distinction

  • Emerson, Ozarks Technical Community College
  • Russell and Julie Childers, State Fair Community College

Distinguished Alumni Award

  • Dr. Eric Park, East Central College
  • Patrolman Lane Burns, Mineral Area College
  • Corporal Garrett Worley, Mineral Area College
  • Phillip Hoffman, North Central Missouri College
  • Marilyn Bush, St. Louis Community College

Distinguished Business & Industry Award

  • Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Jefferson College
  • Don Winders, Temp-Con Inc.; Metropolitan Community College

Trustee Leadership

  • Honorable James Cooksey, Moberly Area Community College

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About MCCA

Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) represents Missouri's 12 community colleges and thousands of faculty, staff, students, and administrators. MCCA provides services to its member institutions in four main areas – advocacy, education, information, and networking.