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Message from Acting College President Jennifer Hughes

Nominations open for Classified Employee of the Year

Dear Colleagues,

Each year the Board of Governors along with the State Chancellor’s Office seeks nominations for the California Community Colleges Classified Employee of the Year Award. (See Criteria and More Information about the award.)

Each community college district is able to forward the name of one nominee for the award. Thus, each of the three colleges and the District Office in the San Mateo County Community College District nominates a classified employee. The Board of Trustees then reviews the nominees received from the three colleges and the District and makes the final selection of the nominee to be forwarded to the State.

I’ve learned that the process we’ve used at Cañada for selecting the Cañada nominee has involved members of Cabinet (deans and vice presidents) suggesting names of classified employees for the award. In doing so, the deans have reached out to the faculty and staff for recommendations of classified staff who best meet the criteria for the award. Cabinet has then reviewed the suggested names and made the final decision of the Cañada nominee to forward to the Board of Trustees.

This year, we’d like to modify the process somewhat. We would like to provide a more formal opportunity for the entire college community to nominate a classified employee for the award.

If you wish to nominate someone, please click on the following link to fill out the nomination form.

I realize that you may not have all the information about the employee you wish to nominate, but please try to complete the form as best as you can. 

Because of the very short time we have to provide our nominee to the Board of Trustees, all nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, February 3 at 4:30 p.m.  Please submit your nomination form to Barbara Bucton at . Cabinet will then review the nominations and make a final selection by February 10th to ensure that we meet the deadline for submitting our nominee to the District. The Board will make its selection of the SMCCD nominee to forward to the State at its February 17th meeting.

We look forward to receiving your nominations. Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Thank you,


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