CTC Foundation Grant Helps Make Dreams of Faculty, Staff Come True

The requests ranged from helping fund doctorates, masters, bachelors degrees, and beyond. Thanks to Columbus Technical College Foundation’s donors, seven Columbus Tech faculty and staff members will be able to use more than ten thousand dollars to help them realize their dreams. The money is being distributed through the first-ever Foundation Faculty and Staff Development grant.

Winners of the first Faculty & Staff Development Grant through the CTC Foundation pose for the camera. Each person earned his or her share of more than $10,000 in grant money. Seated (left to right) are: Sherry Lifsey/Nursing Instructor and Angela Taylor/Accounts Receivable Supervisor. Standing left to right are: Alicia Anderson/Chemistry Instructor, Mark Thorne/Assistant Dean of Health Sciences, Abigail Carter/Dean of Business, Melody Johnson/Computer Support Specialist Program Director, and Donna Emmons/Academic Advisement Center Coordinator.

In their applications, instructors and staff members stated their cases for earning the financial boost. The selections were made by a committee consisting of retired faculty and staff members, as well as Foundation Trustees.

While Donna Emmons will be participating in a recent partnership Columbus Tech has with Fort Hays State University to finish her Bachelor’s degree, Abigail Carter plans to use her grant money toward the completion of a doctorate degree.

Nursing instructor Sherry Lifsey is looking forward to completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice “…and will utilize the knowledge gained through advanced education to develop positive student learning outcomes and implement creative changes at CTC and our School of Nursing.”

Chemistry instructor Alicia Anderson will apply her share of the grant money toward a graduate-level chemistry class that will enhance the level of instruction she will offer.

Accounts Receivable Supervisor Angela Taylor will fund the last class she needs for her Bachelor’s degree while Assistant Dean of Health Sciences Mark Thorne looks forward to using the grant money toward his student loan of more than 15 thousand dollars. “This award would be a tremendous blessing for my family,” he wrote.

Computer Support Specialist program director Melody Johnson has a goal in sight: completing her Computer Information Systems MBA program. It will provide her with “the knowledge to teach the new security curriculum for the upcoming security certificate in fall of 2013.” 

While their paths and careers are very diverse, these six Columbus Technical College employees all have at least one thing in common: they are getting a major helping hand in reaching their goals thanks to the kindness of strangers.