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WCCD Announces Mixson Enhancement for Excellence Awards


Dothan, Ala. – Wallace Community College-Dothan presented three WCCD Mixson Enhancement for Excellence awards during fall term 2016 to Becky Burke, Emergency Medical Services Program Director; Carla Cribbs, Developmental Mathematics Instructor; and Shannon Turner, Physical Therapist Assistant Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Instructor. The WCCD Mixson Enhancement for Excellence Award fund was established in June 2016 by Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson, who is a legendary educator and lifelong resident of the Skipperville/Ozark community in Dale County.  Guided by her commitment to educational excellence, Dr. Mixson continues to demonstrate her dedication to quality instruction and leadership by supporting the opportunities for faculty and staff’s professional growth at Wallace Community College.  Grant awards were presented for the first time in October 2016 and are designed to offer additional assistance to faculty and staff for professional development activities, programs, and equipment.

The recipients have used the funds for the following:  Mrs. Burke implemented the EMS – Certification Preparation Review Course into the course curriculum to help prepare her students for certification and to increase the course success rate.; Ms. Cribbs has expanded the WCCD Jump Start Program that enhances the math and English skills of WCCD students; Ms. Turner has used the funds to attend the  American Physical Therapy Association (PTA) Conference – Combined Sections Meeting to gain knowledge to improve classroom instruction, enhance soft skills training, and gain insight into the future of PTA education.

Dr. Mixson began her career as an English teacher at Dothan High School before moving into postsecondary education. She joined WCCD as an English instructor and became Chair of the Language Arts Department. She subsequently moved into the role of Assistant Academic Dean. Dr. Mixson also served as the Academic Dean from 1983 to 1996 and was instrumental in expanding health science program offerings. She also served as Interim President at both WCCD and the Alabama Aviation and Technical College. The contributions she made to Wallace Community College-Dothan still impact instruction today. Dr. Mixson continues her commitment to education through these scholarships.

Wallace Community College addresses a wide range of educational goals, including Academic Programs, Academic Transfer, Allied Health, Career Technical Instruction, Workforce Development Training, and Adult Education, including GED Preparation and English as a Second Language.  The College has two campuses — the Wallace Campus in Dothan and the Sparks Campus in Eufaula.  The Center for Economic and Workforce Development is also located in Dothan. For more information about Wallace Community College, go to www.wallace.edu

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