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2013 Community College Classified Employees of Year

6/3/13

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors named CSEA members Kathy Chaika and Juan Patino among the 2013 California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year.

The award has been given annually since 2009 to community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and the community colleges. Recipients are nominated by members of their college or district community and endorsed by local boards of trustees. Award recipients are selected by representatives of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Each recipient receives a $500 cash award and a commemorative plaque.

"I want to congratulate each of these fine employees for a job well done and I want to thank every classified employee within our system for the work they do each and every day on our 112 campuses and at the district offices," said California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Manuel Baca. "As a professor myself, I know the value of our classified staff. They serve as valuable conduits of information between administrators, staff and faculty and they facilitate learning by making sure our campuses are safe and easy to navigate. We should take the time to thank these professionals for the work they do in helping our students succeed."

This year’s winners are:

    Kathy Chaika, Senior Accounting Technician
College of San Mateo, San Mateo Community College District

Kathy Chaika serves on the Budget Planning Committee, Presidents Council and the Classified Events Planning Committee, which raises money for student scholarships. Chaika, a member of San Mateo CCD Chapter 33, has volunteered for the Boys & Girls Club, Police Activities League and the Pony League. She and her family also take in abandoned and/or abused teenagers and provide them with assistance and a safe place to stay.
 
       
    Juan Patino, Grounds Maintenance Worker
Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara Community College District
 
Juan Patino, a member of Santa Barbara City College Chapter 289, helps to provide a beautiful, safe and clean environment on his campus that serves as the backdrop for teaching and learning at the college. He actively participates in the Emergency Preparedness and Safety Marshall Program. His nomination form said Patino’s "lead-by-example approach to his daily work activities encourages his colleagues to aspire to the same level of commitment, dedication and contribution."
 

 
The Community College Classified Employee of the Year Award, presented by the of Board of Governors along with the Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, recognizes outstanding classified employees throughout the community college system.

Up to six recipients are selected and honored annually. Classified employees with a minimum of 5 years of service as a permanent employee within the nominating Community College District (full-time or part-time) are eligible for the award. The nominees are evaluated on their commitment to: the mission of community colleges; professional ethics and standards; serving the institution through participation in professional and/or community activities; and serving as a leader beyond the local institution.