Outstanding TSJC employee and student recognized

1.TSJC student Melissa Moreno, center, was honored March 13 at the Phi Theta Kappa All Colorado Academic Team Recognition Ceremony and Honorary Luncheon.

1. TSJC student Melissa Moreno, center, was honored March 13 at the Phi Theta Kappa All Colorado Academic Team Recognition Ceremony and Honorary Luncheon.

(Trinidad, Colo.) Trinidad State Junior College Employee of the Year Kelly Buckley was honored at a luncheon hosted by the Community College System in Denver on March 12.  In addition, TSJC student Melissa Moreno was honored March 13 at the Phi Theta Kappa All Colorado Academic Team Recognition Ceremony and Honorary Luncheon at the Denver Athletic Club.

Buckley, administrative assistant and advisor for the nursing department at the Valley Campus, was selected as Exempt/Professional Employee of the Year. Buckley began working at the Valley Campus in 2007. In her own words, “If anyone is interested in becoming a nurse, they come to me. I get them in their proper classes in their proper order and see that they are making progress toward that goal.”

An alumnus of TSJC Valley Campus, Buckley graduated in 2006 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business. Before she became a student at TSJC, she ran a housekeeping business and also provided care for an elderly woman. After that woman passed away, she decided it was time to go back to school. “I had a prestigious clientele cleaning houses, and I didn’t mind doing it but it was definitely time for a change.” 

She said her classes at TSJC were perfect preparation for her job in the Nursing Program.  “The kinds of things that I do – I had perfect training for anything and everything that I needed to accomplish here,” she said. 

“The best thing about my job is the people I work with. And second, I love interacting with the students. I enjoy seeing them make progress and knowing that I had a part in that. I love what I do. I could not ask for a better job.”

The Exempt/Professional Employee of the Year award rotates between the Valley and Trinidad Campus each year.

Also recognized, student Melissa Moreno was selected to represent Trinidad State Junior College on the Phi Theta Kappa All Colorado Academic Team.

Moreno, a first-year nursing student at Trinidad State Junior College, chose TSJC because of the nursing program. Moreno wants to be a nurse because she enjoys working with the elderly. After graduating from TSJC, she would like to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and work in a hospital. In addition to taking classes, she works on campus with Upward Bound Math and Science. When not studying, Moreno enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her granddaughters. She moved to Trinidad from California almost three years ago.

Each two-year college in Colorado may nominate students to the All Colorado Academic Team.  Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.

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