West Hills College District seeks nominations for Alumnus of the Year

From West Hills College

West Hills College Coalinga is looking for its next Alumnus of the Year. The Office of the President will accept nominations until 5 p.m. on March 18. Nomination forms can be picked up in the Office of the President, 300 Cherry Lane, in Coalinga. The recipient will be notified no later than mid-April and will be presented with the award during May commencement.

“The West Hills College Coalinga Alumni of the Year award is a historic part of our graduation ceremony,” said Dr. Carole Goldsmith, WHCC President. “It is a tradition that we believe promotes a sense of honoring lifelong support of education and learning by enabling conversations about the work world, graduate school, and work/life balance. If our alums can equate post-college success back to their time at West Hills College Coalinga, everybody wins. WHCC alumni have a long and proud tradition of community service that we want to share with our current students.  We appreciate our alumni and their important contributions and this is one way we celebrate it.”

To be eligible, nominees must meet certain criteria. Nominees must contribute significantly to their community, state or nation and must demonstrate outstanding achievement in their profession. He or she must also demonstrate a high level of integrity. All nominees must have also completed at least one semester at WHCC but are not required to be graduates of the college.

Those who wish to nominate an alumnus must fill out the nomination form and include a written letter of no more than 300 words detailing why the nominee deserves the award and information about their professional and educational accomplishments and community involvement. The nomination should also include two references. Additional information, such as a nominee’s resume or press releases about their achievements, can also be included.

Last year’s recipient was Ray Hodges, a 1956 Coalinga College graduate and active Avenal community member and former educator. Pick up the form on campus or download one online at http://westhillscollege.com/district/foundation/alumni.asp

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