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Jeremy McQuigge, Student Transition Coordinator at Algonquin College, Receives ACCC Staff Excellence Award

Halifax, May 29, 2012 – Jeremy McQuigge, Student Transition Coordinator, of Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, has received the 2012 Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ Gold Staff Excellence Award. At just 26 years of age, he throws his considerable energy and expertise into improving the quality of the student experience

Jeremy McQuigge graduated from Algonquin College’s Small and Medium Enterprise Management Program in 2007. His areas of focus are: student transition (high school to post-secondary, as well as the transition between years of post-secondary study); student engagement to improve retention; and the use of technology to enhance the student experience.

Mr. McQuigge is recognized for Pathway Mentoring 8, a program he both devised and built, which has now been completed by approximately 1,300 Grade 8 students in three district school boards. The program provides a progression of planned activities to engage students in identifying their interests; examining transferable skills and the four career pathways – apprenticeships, world of work, college and university; preparing for the transition to high school; and setting goals and charting their own pathway. Jeremy has since adapted the Pathway Mentoring 8 program for use with at-risk high school students. Outside his regular working hours, Jeremy is a creative and energetic force behind a myriad of public events that he organizes and facilitates each year on student engagement and retention.

“The Awards for Staff Excellence recognize results-producing efforts and expertise of individuals in post-secondary institutions,” says James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC. “Algonquin College’s student population has benefitted from Mr. McQuigge’s endeavours.”

The Silver Award went to Alan Griffiths, Sustainable Environment Specialist, of Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, and the Bronze Award went to Marilyn Robinson, Student Information Systems Designate, at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

The Staff Excellence Awards were presented at the biennial congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, hosted by ACCC in Halifax, May 26 to 29, 2012.

ACCC’s Awards of Excellence recognize and promote excellence in Canadian colleges and institutes. The awards showcase extraordinary contributions of individuals and programs to their institutions and highlight the role colleges play in social, economic and cultural development.

ACCC is the national voice for 128 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities across Canada.


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