IVC employee wins statewide honor
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.
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...