Press Release

May 31, 2016

Central Community College’s Employee Training Department Receives CUPA-HR’s HR Innovation Award

Central Community College’s Employee Training Team (l to r): Pennie Morgan, Chris Waddle, David Clark, Kory Cetak

Central Community College’s employee training team has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2016 HR Innovation Award. The team received the award for its Faculty and Staff Summits professional development program. Thanks to the generous support of PeopleAdmin, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $5,000 contribution to Central Community College (CCC)’s endowment or a scholarship fund of the team’s choice.

CCC’s two summits — the Teaching and Learning Summit (for faculty) and the Staff Summit — were created to provide timely, relevant, collaborative professional development opportunities for employees. Each day-long summit (which is offered at no cost to the employee; in fact, faculty are paid a stipend to attend) is set up like a mini conference, with several different concurrent sessions offered from which attendees can choose. Summits take place at all three CCC campuses each spring or summer, and internal talent is utilized to the extent possible in order to help keep costs down. Teaching and Learning Summit topics have ranged from student engagement to learning styles, online teaching strategies, mobile academic apps and more. Staff Summit topics have included stress management, social media, effective communication strategies, Microsoft Office training and more.

“At Central Community College, our employees are our most valuable asset,” says Pennie Morgan, employee training specialist. “We realize that by investing in our employees and providing job-relevant and focused learning opportunities that promote their current work performance, professional growth and career development, it not only betters their personal and professional development, but also improves their effectiveness and increases job satisfaction.”

CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 20,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.

CUPA-HR’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor excellence in higher education human resources and recognize service and commitment to CUPA-HR and innovation in the profession.

Contact: Missy Kline, Content Manager – Communications and Marketing, CUPA-HR
Phone: (865) 637-7673