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FRC announces employee service awards

Twenty-three employees at Feather River College were recognized for their longevity within the district, announced FRC President Kevin Trutna.

Honorees ranged in several job categories across the mountain campus, including faculty, custodial, library, administration, athletics and information technology.

“FRC has dedicated individuals who are always willing to help our students both inside and outside of the classroom,” Trutna said. “The people receiving these awards exemplify the campus attitude and they are the reason why FRC consistently ranks as one of the highest schools for transfer, graduation and retention. They make FRC what it is today.”

Custodian Tom Westmoreland was honored for his 20 years of serving FRC.

Michael Bagley, math instructor, and Juan Nunez, athletic trainer and associate faculty member, were honored for their 15 years of service.

Those with 10 years of service are TRIO director and associate faculty member Gretchen Baumgartner, head baseball coach Terry Baumgartner, associate faculty member Sally Donovan, desktop support specialist Mark Downey, associate faculty Vinnie Gill, Class Scheduling And Information Specialist Bryon Hughes, Financial Aid Specialist Cheryl McElroy, associate faculty Jamie Messerli, Early Childhood Education instructor Merle Rusky, associate faculty Robert Stone and Maintenance Specialist II Tony Warndorf.

Those receiving five year honors include Human Resources Director and EEO Officer David Burris, Instructional Assistant ISP Kelly Conner, Chief Student Services Officer Carlie McCarthy, Program Coordinator For Articulation Greg McCarthy, Maintenance Specialists II Mike Meyerhofer and Wes Stowe, Librarian Darryl Swann, Senior Office Assistant I Terrea VanCleve and associate faculty member Ed Ward.

The FRC district, located in Quincy, is a small, rural public community college offering courses in transfer programs, career and technical training, basic skills education and was recently approved to offer the state’s first community college bachelors degree in equine and ranch management.

FRC offers small classes where students receive individual attention from faculty and staff in what’s known as its “million acre classroom.”

Unique programs in equine studies, outdoor recreation leadership, fish and wildlife hatchery, and environmental studies enhance traditional transfer programs and technical training, Trutna said.

FRC also boasts an accomplished athletic program with several men’s and women’s championship sports supported by the local community.

The FRC Board of Trustees recently adopted a plan ensuring that the college is a leader in environmentally sustainable practices.

According to Trutna, academically FRC ranks at the top for transfer, graduation and retention rates amongst small California community colleges. For more information, call  283-0202 or visit frc.edu.

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