Instructors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) have nominated 9 of their peer instructors for the Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction competition.

The Rick Perkins Award honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

Listed are the nominees for the 2015 award, including (left to right) instructors name and program.

Graceful Beam, Business Management.
Gail Bell, General Education, English.
Melissa Blevins, Adult Education.
Beverly Fritts, Practical Nursing.
Michael Meyer, Air Conditioning Technology.
Allison Patnode, Dental Assisting.
Donna Pierce, Adult Education.
Dwight Watt, Networking Specialist.
Kevan Watkins, General Education, Psychology.

“We are fortunate at Georgia Northwestern Technical College to have instructors who care so much about the students and the learning process,” said Beverly Padgett, GNTC Rick Perkins Coordinator. “These nominees continuously go beyond what is expected of them to not only meet but to surpass the needs of their students. Commitment is a part of who these instructors are and it is evident in the relationships they have with their students.”

Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.

The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award programs through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.

A screening committee of administrators at GNTC reviewed each of the nominated instructors and conducted personal interviews with the nominees.
From the screening committee interviews, a winner will be chosen to represent the college as GNTC’s 2015 Rick Perkins winner and move on to the regional competition.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.