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Red Deer College Professor Receives ACCC Teaching Excellence Award

Halifax, May 29, 2012 – Dr. Wei Will Zhao, instructor of the Engineering Program, Science Department, Red Deer College, in Red Deer, Alberta, was awarded the 2012 Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ Gold Teaching Excellence Award.

A great faculty member prepares with purpose, delivers with passion, and evaluates for growth. Serving learners, staying current, contributing to program development and serving college and community completes the profile of an amazing teacher. Dr. Wei is the embodiment of this profile.

Dr. Wei is known for his commitment to innovative approaches to teaching and learning. He brings vast knowledge, enthusiasm, keen interest, real life experiences and a sense of humor to the world of engineering and science. While these characteristics go a long way to balance the workload inherent in an undergraduate engineering program, they also serve to inspire students.

Wei’s impact on the college community is significant and his ability to solidify relationships across college divisions has contributed greatly to the success of the university transfer bachelor of engineering program. He is highly respected by college students, faculty, staff and administration and has earned recognition from his engineering and industry peers.

“Dr. Wei’s students and colleagues laud the innovator he exemplifies, and that he brings out in them,” says James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC. “Innovation will take us a long way to sustainability and prosperity, and we pay tribute to Dr. Wei’s role in this.”

The Silver Teaching Excellence Award was given to Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Professor at Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia. The Bronze Award went to Jef Petrossi, Professor of Creative Advertising at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Teaching 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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