Cerro Coso staff awarded for excellence

Cerro Coso staff awarded for excellencePictured: Cerro Coso classified staff members (pictured from left) Paul Kuttig, Julianne Maikai, Nikki Gardepe and Ashlin Mattos are recognized for the contributions in developing a mentor program. — Courtesy photo

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Four classified staff members at Cerro Coso Community College received recognition for their leadership and contributions in developing and implementing a Classified Mentor Program.

Julianne Maikai (alternative media specialist), Ashlin Mattos (job development specialist), Nikki Gardepe (assessment assistant), and Paul Kuttig (system support specialist II) were acknowledged for their leadership.

Program mentors serve as guides, facilitators, role models and allies for new classified staff to help them successfully integrate into their new positions and the college culture.

The program includes an oversight committee that reviews new mentor applications, arranges training and orientations for mentors and mentees and helps develop improvements based on the results of exit surveys conducted at the end of the program.

The program has been institutionalized and integrated into the human resources on-boarding processes.

The results of this work has been increased understanding and knowledge of the classified role in participatory governance, CSEA, as well as new employees having someone to ask questions of when they arise.

“The Cerro Coso Community College Excellence in Education Award is presented by the college’s administration to Cerro Coso Community College employees who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to excellence in education consistent with the college’s mission, vision and values,” said a spokesperson.

Story First Published: 2018-02-16