Each semester NCK TECH awards an employee who has gone beyond expectations in their job responsibilities. The premise of the 212 Award is that water is hot at 211 degrees, but that one degree more causes water to boil. Thus, the 212 Award recognizes those who go that extra degree to make a difference in their job with students and co-workers.

Employees are nominated by their peers and chosen by a panel of past 212 Award winners. Mike Cheney, Carpentry/Cabinetmaking Instructor for the Beloit Campus, received the award from President Eric Burks at the recent college in-service.  “Mike is a talented and creative craftsmen dedicated to seeing students succeed. He is always willing to lend a helping hand and respected for the time and effort he invests into the house project each year.  I am happy to see Mike’s positive approach to his job recognized through this award. “

Cheney has been with the college since the fall of 1998 and is only the second carpentry instructor of the program since its start in 1964. Cheney replaced instructor (John Lackey) who taught Mike when he was a student at then NCKAVTS. Cheney holds a BS in Technology Education from FHSU and has experience as a self-employed contractor and other construction projects.

“I encourage my students to work hard to achieve their goals,” said Cheney. “It won’t be handed to you, so you have to go after it. Similar to building a house, the more effort you put into it, the better the house will be.”

For more information on this press release contact Sandy Gottschalk, Dean of Hays Campus, NCK TECH 785-625-2437 or sgottschalk@ncktc.edu

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