Two Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) faculty members were honored at the May 11 commencement ceremony at the college.
Daniel Edwards, instructor of industrial electronics technology, was named the Teaching Faculty Member of the Year. Also, Michelle Zollars, an associate professor of developmental English, was recognized as PHCC Distinguished Faculty of 2019.
The Teaching Faculty Member of the Year is recognized for making a tremendous impact on the campus and in students’ lives, according to a PHCC press release. The honoree receives a $2,000 cash prize and a significant professional development stipend from the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation.
Edwards was instrumental in implementing the mechatronics program at PHCC in 2013. Since the program’s inception, it has grown explosively, issuing more than 300 national certifications, the release stated. For six consecutive years, Edwards’ program has maintained a 100 percent passing rate. Every student that has taken the national industry certification exam has passed.
This past year, Edwards was influential in coordinating the college’s partnership with the National Coalition of Certification…

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