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  CCC Financial Aid Office Receives National Award

The CCC Financial Aid Office was awarded national winner in a debt management program.  The award was determined by last year's top recipient,  as well as other colleagues from across the nation,  in recognition of the CCC Financial Aid Office's great work, creativity, improvement and overall effort.  An award ceremony is scheduled at Contra Costa College for May 20th. Time and location will be announced at a later date.

Financial Aid Office staff

CCC Faculty Wins Toastmasters Championship

Dr. Richard Akers, CCC Art Professor and CCC Academic Senate President, won the Toastmasters impromptu speech chammpionship!

Dr Akers won four separate contests to bring home the trophy.  He demonstrated his ability to think on his feet using wit and humor to impress the audience and judges.  District 57 has 150 Toastmasters Clubs with over 5000 members.  Professor Dr. Richard Akers is number one! 

ACCCA Honors Dr. Helen Benjamin

The Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) has announced the winner of its prestigious Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award.   The 2009 award goes to Dr. Helen Benjamin, chancellor of Contra Costa Community College District.

Dr. Benjamin served as president of Contra Costa College.  While serving at CCC, Dr. Benjamin became an advocate for faculty, staff and students alike. Her leadership qualities led the college in a direction that improved the learning enviroment for students and the workplace for faculty and staff.

Dr. Benjamin has a B.S. degree in English and Spanish from Bishop College in Texas where she graduated magna cum laude. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees from Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas.

Dr. Benjamin recieved the award at the ACCCA's annual conference in San Diego. She was recognized for demonstrating integrity, principle, compassion, strength in leadership and contributions to colleagues, the profession, her district and the community.

Dr. Benjamin is truly deserving of this award. The faculty, staff, and students of Contra Costa College congratulate this wonderful educator.

-Cheers to Dr. Benjamin


CCC Nursing Faculty Recieves Book of the Year Award

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) presented the 2008 Book of the Year Award to two deserving Contra Costa College Nursing Faculties, Sandra Luz Martinez de Castillo and Maryanne Werner-McCullough.   The award was given based on their publication of "Calculating Drug Dosages: An Interactive Approach to Learning Nursing Math." 

Martinez de Castillo and Wernner-McCullough designed this electronic media instructional tool as a DVD that provides an interavtive approach to teaching and learning.  Each section is short, with easily navigated modules that shows clear and detailed objectives, and includes a series of practice problems to help students apply content.  The DVD comes with a specific test module to help students become familiar with and practice the National Council Licensure Examination questions.  The packet includes an excellent student workbook along with extra practice questions that focus on safety exercises.

The newest edition of the DVD is posted online at the F.A. Davis Instructor and Student Online Resource Center. 

"It was hard work, but it has paid off in the end. We are both very pleased to received the award, and we see the benefit of students using the DVD as a learning tool," says Werned-McCullough, who is also director of the Department of Nursing at Contra Costa College.

The CCC Nursing program boasts a 98% average in passing the California State Nursing license requirements.  Dedicated faculty and caring support staff contribute to the success of the nursing program.

Congratulations to Sandra Luz Martinez de Castillo and Maryanne Werner-McCollough for a job well done and for creating new and innovative ways to reach nursing students using today's technology.

Martinez de Castillo & Werner-McCullough

left to right: Sandra Luz Martinez de Castillo and Maryanne Werner-McCullough

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