The Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association
(IACEA) has named Lisa Atkins, Director of Adult Education and Literacy at
Kaskaskia College, as its Director of the Year for 2013.
Atkins received her award at the annual conference of the
IACEA held in Springfield on March 6, and was recognized and honored for her
award at the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees meeting on March 24.
After graduating from KC, Lisa Atkins was first employed by
the College as an assistant in the Student Services department, and held many
other positions at the College from 1980 until 1986. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from
McKendree University and her Masters in Social work from Saint Louis
University, Lisa came back to KC in 2002 as the Director of Career and
Employment Services, and has held her position as Director of Adult Education
and Literacy since 2008.
For her nomination for Director of the Year, the IACEA award
committee received a number of recommendation extolling Lisa’s effectiveness
and excellence from a selection of dignitaries both within the College and the
community. These included Allison
Austin, Director of Community Development and Planning for the City of Centralia,
Rosemary Gordon-Young, Family and Community Development Specialist for the
Workforce Investment Act, Katherine Overstreet, Curriculum Learning Specialist
for Title III at KC, Gina Reid, who works closely with Lisa as the Adult
Education and Literacy Assistant Director, and Dr. Gregory J. Labyak,
Vice-president of Instructional services for Kaskaskia College.
“Words cannot express my gratitude for your support and
recognition of my efforts to exemplify compassion and excellence in helping
others to fulfill their education and career goals,” Atkins wrote in an email
thanking them for their recommendations. “The receipt of this award is one that
I accept with humbleness and an appreciation of the ability to use my gifts and
talents at my place of employment on a daily basis.”
Lisa’s close ties with Kaskaskia College over the years have
only increased her appreciation and support of the College. “It is remarkable
how the College has grown, and how it stands in the forefront of our
community. It is great to feel that I
have been part of that process,” she said.
“I still consider myself a KC kid.”