Monday, December 28, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:           DECEMBER 8, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082,
DR. RHODA JAMES (626) 914-8804

 

Citrus Instructor Receives Award from California Organization

By Stacy Armstrong

 

A Citrus College instructor has recently received the California Business Education Association’s (CBEA) Outstanding Post-Secondary Business Educator Award.

 

Dr. Rhoda James of Montclair was presented the award during the organization’s annual conference, which was held last month.

 

“It is a great honor to be acknowledged for my teaching accomplishments over the years,” James said.  “I can think of many people on the post-secondary level who are outstanding educators and I am very humbled that I was chosen to receive this award.”

 

The CBEA is the leading association of California education and business professionals.  They strive to link education and industry with the purpose of building the 21st century workforce.  James has been involved with the organization for approximately 18 years.

 

“I belong to CBEA because it gives me the opportunity to network with colleagues,  and learn new innovative ideas for the classroom,” James said.  “It also enhances my teaching and leadership skills.”

 

This is the third major award that James has received from the CBEA.  In 1996 she received the organization’s President’s Award and in 2008 she received their Outstanding Service award.

 

James was selected to receive this most recent award because of nominations she received from her Citrus College colleagues and dean, as well as other CBEA members.

 

“Despite her busy schedule, she always manages to find time to assist her colleagues on tasks such as program review, student learning outcomes, and general teaching advice,” said Citrus College instructor Rob Smolin, one of the individuals to nominate James.

 

James holds a bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University, a master’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and a doctorate from the University of La Verne.  She first began teaching at Citrus College as an adjunct instructor in 1989.  She received a full-time position in 1995.

 

“The classes I teach are in Office Technology, Business, and Computer Applications,” she said.  “Teaching these subjects is extremely gratifying because I have the opportunity to see individuals with little or no computer experience leave my class with marketable skills.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:           DECEMBER 8, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082,
DR. RHODA JAMES (626) 914-8804

 

Rhoda James