Awards & Recognition

Exceptional Faculty Award supports academic success

December 4, 2017
Sally Sharbaugh, SPSCC counselor and faculty member, was recently awarded an Exceptional Faculty Award to support student academic success and retention. Approved by the Board of Trustees on Nov. 14, 2017, the award will fund the travel and conference costs for ten faculty members to attend the annual On Course national conference in California.

Local automotive instructor receives national award

November 28, 2017
Norman Chapman, an automotive instructor and ASE Certified automobile technician from Centralia, Washington, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Education Foundation Instructor of the Year. Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized on November 15, 2017, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, California.

Norm Chapman named Instructor of the Year by ASE Industry Education Alliance

November 15, 2017

Norm Chapman, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Professor of Automotive Technology, has received this year’s Byrl Shoemaker Industry Education Alliance Instructor of the Year award.

Chapman was selected from a pool of candidates from around the country based on his exceptional performance on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test, where he earned the highest score overall. Each year, the award honors someone who has made extraordinary contributions to excellence in automotive education.

SPSCC named one of nation's Top 150 community colleges

October 11, 2017
For the second time in a row, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has been named as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The nomination makes SPSCC eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.

Six faculty members awarded tenure

August 2, 2017

SPSCC is honored to recognize six newly tenured faculty who have worked 24 years at the college combined. Tenure is a three-year process in which faculty members must satisfactorily perform required assignments that are instructional, as well as non-instructional, within their assigned area of discipline. Assignments include instruction, designing a curriculum, service work, and more.  Their performance is under review by a Probationary Review Committee that reports to the Board of Trustees. At the end of three successful years, the Board grants the award of tenure.

Trustee Barbara Clarkson honored with 2017 ACT Equity Award

July 3, 2017

South Puget Sound Community College celebrates Trustee Barbara Clarkson, a 13-year member of the College’s Board of Trustees, after she received the 2017 ACT Equity Award at a ceremony on May 25.  The Equity Award, presented by the Washington State Association of College Trustees, recognizes exemplary commitment to achieve equity in the development, administration, and delivery of educational programs and services in the community and technical college system.

Congratulations class of 2017

June 14, 2017

South Puget Sound Community College will celebrate more than 1,400 graduates from over 50 degree and certificate programs at Olympia High School's Ingersoll Stadium on Friday evening.  The College's 52nd commencement ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on June 16, 2017.  This year’s faculty address will be delivered by History Professor Eric Chase and the student speaker for the event will be Nikita Salas.

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