IVC em­ployee wins statewide honor

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SACRA­MENTO — Sheila Dorsey-Free­man, a 26-year Im­pe­rial Val­ley Col­lege em­ployee, is one of four peo­ple hon­ored Mon­day by the Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges Board of Gov­er­nors as the 2018 Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges Clas­si­fied Em­ploy­ees of the Year.

Dorsey-Free­man was named the IVC Clas­si­fied Em­ployee of the Year ear­lier this year.

Also hon­ored Mon­day were James Forté, San Joaquin Delta Col­lege; Bethann Robert­son, Los Medanos Col­lege, and Sherri Suarez, Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege.

“Clas­si­fied em­ploy­ees are the back­bone of our sys­tem,” said Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges Board of Gov­er­nors Pres­i­dent Ce­cilia V. Es­tolano. “The work they do is in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing a po­si­tion ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for our stu­dents. On be­half of all 114 Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­nity col­leges, we thank them for the ex­cep­tional work they do for our sys­tem.”

Dorsey-Free­man has served as a ded­i­cated Im­pe­rial Com­mu­nity Col­lege District em­ployee for 26 years, with 23 of those years in the HR depart­ment.

“Ms. Dorsey-Free­man ap­proaches her work at the col­lege not as a job, but as part of her life and who she is,” ac­cord­ing to the award ci­ta­tion. “She sup­ports ev­ery cor­ner of the col­lege cam­pus through her work in HR, serv­ing on var­i­ous com­mit­tees, along with par­tic­i­pat­ing in col­lege ac­tiv­i­ties and the com­mu­nity at large.”

Es­tab­lished in 2008 and first pre­sented in 2009, the award rec­og­nizes com­mu­nity col­lege clas­si­fied em­ploy­ees who demon­strate the high­est level of com­mit­ment to pro­fes­sion­al­ism and the com­mu­nity col­leges. Re­cip­i­ents are nom­i­nated by mem­bers of their col­lege or district com­mu­nity and en­dorsed by their lo­cal board of trustees.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges Board of Gov­er­nors, the Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges Chan­cel­lor’s Of­fice and the Foun­da­tion for Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges se­lect the award re­cip­i­ents. The win­ners must have a record of out­stand­ing per­for­mance on the job, as well as a record of ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion on cam­pus and in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

The Clas­si­fied Em­ployee of the Year Award is sup­ported through a grant from the Foun­da­tion for Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges. Each win­ner re­ceives a $500 cash award and a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque.

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FROM LEFT: Eloy Or­tiz Oak­ley, Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­leges chan­cel­lor; Sheila Dorsey-Free­man, Im­pe­rial Val­ley Col­lege; Bill Rawl­ings, mem­ber, CCC Board of Gov­er­nors; Ce­cilia V. Es­tolano, pres­i­dent, CCC Board of Gov­er­nors; Tom Ep­stein, vice pres­i­dent...

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