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                  Ukiah, CA – Mendocino College Financial Aid Technician Josephine Gutierrez was selected in May as recipient of the quarterly award for Classified Staff.

            “Mendocino College is a great place to be a student or an employee. The teachers love what they teach and want to see you succeed” she said.

            Gutierrez has worked at Mendocino College since early 1979.  She started as a secretary in the EOPS/Financial Aid Office “when typewriters and ditto machines were considered high tech”, she laughed. “Back then there was only me and the director in the department. Now we need seven or eight full-time staff and a lot of student workers to process all the paperwork.”

Over the years the Financial Aid Department has been required to make significant changes in its processing of applications. Whether by Federal decree or State mandate the changes were made and according to her current supervisor, Jacque Bradley, “through it all, Josephine has maintained a calm, professional demeanor and a positive attitude.  For over 30 years, she has been a valuable contributor to what makes Mendocino College a great place to work and study.”

The Mendocino College Foundation has allocated $2,000 annually for the classified staff recognition program. One recipient is selected each quarter by a committee that includes the Mendocino College Superintendent/President, two vice-presidents and the Director of Human Resources. The selection is based on supervisor nominations, contributions to the college and longevity.   

The winner has the opportunity to choose a college program to receive $500 which can be used by that program in support of the college’s strategic goals. 

Mendocino College’s strategic goals are the following: Become a learner-centered institution by focusing on student success; Improve student access to college programs and services; Enhance the student learning experience by providing educational, cultural and social opportunities beyond the classroom; Maximize the procurement and efficient use of financial, human and physical resources; Build new and stronger relationships with businesses, educators, agencies and other constituents of our communities.

Gutierrez requested that the $500 from the Foundation be given to the Mendocino College Child Development Center. They will use the money to purchase things like books, playground toys, etc. for the children enrolled in the program. The Center cares for children ages 18 months to 5 years in a nurturing, caring and professional environment on campus.

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