Tuesday, March 26, 2013
FURTHER INFORMATION:            PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082

Citrus College Library Reference Technician Honored with New Award
By Brandi Garcia

Karen Praeger, Citrus College library reference technician, was recently honored with a new classified employee recognition during a recent meeting of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.

The “Above and Beyond – Classified Development” (ABCD) award provides the college with the opportunity to honor outstanding classified employees.  The Classified Staff Development Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Eric Rabitoy, dean of natural and physical sciences, and Tina Crosby, facilities operations assistant, developed the criteria and selection process for the award.  They have established that the award will be presented quarterly during Board of Trustee meetings.

“Ms. Praeger has earned this award because her work reflects her commitment to student completion and success at Citrus College,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “She is a tremendous asset to the college and we congratulate her on this special honor.”

Praeger is the first recipient to receive this award.  She has worked at Citrus College since 1999, and is active as the college’s representative to the Inland Empire Academic Library Cooperative.

Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, presented the award to Praeger and described her as a great resource for all students, faculty and staff.  “We are fortunate to have her as a member of the college community,” Trustee Keith commented.

Mr. Robert Coutts, president of the Citrus College Chapter of the California School Employees Association (CSEA), congratulated Praeger on behalf of CSEA and announced that the chapter will add to the honor by making a $25 donation to the Citrus College Foundation for student scholarships in the name of each honoree.

The Board of Trustees has also endorsed Praeger for the California Community Colleges Classified Employee of the Year Award Program.

Established in May 2008, and given out annually since May 2009, the Classified Employee of the Year Award honors employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and to the community college mission.  Recipients are nominated by members of their college and endorsed by their governing boards.


FURTHER INFORMATION:            PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082

Karen Praeger