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PCC Student Success Director awarded Community College Professional Award from national organization

02 November 2018

The National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) hosted their annual Region IV West conference Oct. 23-25 in Wichita, Kan. Pratt Community College’s, Amy Jackson, Director of the Student Success Center, was awarded the Community College Professional Award at the event for her dedication to students and leadership within the institution.

Jackson has spent the entirety of her career with at PCC where she currently serves as the Director of Student Success. Jackson began working in the PCC Student Success Center in 2008, as an advisor, case manager and testing coordinator. During her time at PCC she has also served as an ACT Testing Supervisor, a Phi Theta Kappa advisor, Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) category chair and she has volunteered with many student activities. Amy is dedicated to helping students meet their goals and she encourages her colleagues to be passionate about their work.

Jackson attended the conference and was presented her award by PCC’s Director of Student and Residence Life, Charles Keefer, who received the award last year. Keefer, who became involved with the organization in 2014, is an active member in the NASPA Region IV-West Advisory Board as the Technology Knowledge Community representative.

“As a past recipient of this award I wanted to be able to recognize other outstanding colleagues with this honor,” said Keefer. “It was truly a special “NASPA” moment being able to recognize and present this award to Amy.”     

Jackson says she was thankful to be presented the award by Keefer as well as privileged to be a part of PCC and NASPA.

“I am honored to receive the award,” said Jackson. It means even more to me that Charles won it the previous year and that he presented it to me at the awards banquet during the conference. I have grown considerably as a professional and person during my years at Pratt Community College. Each day is an opportunity for rewarding challenges to cross my path. I am thankful to work with my Student Success Team and other student affairs professionals who are making PCC great.  I love what I do and hope to continue making a difference in people’s lives in the years to come.”

Jackson attended Emporia State University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2004 and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology in 2007. She has also been accepted into the 2018-2019 class of the Kansas Community College Leadership Institute.

The Region IV-West Community College Professional Award is awarded each year to one community college professional in the region. The award goes to someone who is committed and is actively working in a community college. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to NASPA and/or the profession in relation to community colleges.

NASPA, is a national organization for college students and professionals involved in student affairs, leadership and professional development. For more information about NASPA you can visit their website, www.naspa.org.