The Association of Florida Colleges gave the 2019 Teaching and Learning Center Award to SPC’s College of Veterinary Technology associate degree program. The $1000 award, which will be used for the enrichment of the program’s housed animals, was presented at the AFC’s Conference on College Teaching and Learning on Friday, April 5.
The program is the first to receive this inaugural award, which recognizes exemplary centers of learning, as represented by their impact on student success, retention and graduation. The Veterinary Technology/Nursing program, which is offered in both face-to-face and online modalities, is considered one of the premier programs in the United States, and this award honors the commitment and dedication of the faculty and staff to the program, our students, and the profession.
The four other finalists were strong candidates and deserving of recognition: Chipola College’s Academic Center of Excellence, Valencia College’s Centers for Teaching/Learning Innovation, Indian River State College’s Institute for Academic Excellence and Daytona State College’s Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Programs.
Veterinary Technology Academic Chair Trish Gorham accepted the award on behalf of the department from Dr. Tonjua Williams, who was the keynote speaker for the Awards Ceremony.
“It was such an honor to be able to present this award to SPC’s own Veterinary Technology program,” Williams said. “It is the embodiment of the hard work that goes into teaching and learning that happens every day at the Vet Tech center, and also the staff and students’ dedication to the care of animals.” Williams said.