Nine WCC instructors completed a semester of professional development entitled CORE (Collaborative Online Reflection Experience) during spring 2019.  CORE is focused on best practices in online teaching, and CORE sessions are led by WCC online instructors who serve as Peer Mentors. Spring 2019 Peer Mentors were Darrell Finney, Donna Brooks, Kim Perkins, and MaryBeth Knight. Once instructors complete CORE, they are eligible to participate in an online instructor certification process. CORE and Online Instructor Certification are part of WCC’s QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan), a SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) initiative. WCC was reaffirmed by SACSCOC in 2016.

Instructors completing CORE during spring 2019 were:

  • David Barton, Business instructor
  • Chris Cheek, Diesel and Heavy Equipment instructor
  • Julie Dillon, Sociology instructor
  • Jayden Gantt, Welding instructor
  • April Gimlin, Criminal Justice instructor, Ashe
  • Cassie Jones, English instructor
  • Kirsten Seatz, ACA instructor, Ashe
  • Stacie Taylor, Architecture instructor and chair
  • Lindsay Ward, Physical Education/Health instructor

L-R: Stacie Taylor, Chris Cheek, and Jayden Gantt. Not pictured: David Barton, Julie Dillon, April Gimlin, Cassie Jones, Kirsten Seatz, and Lindsay Ward.

Wilkes Community College congratulates the latest Certified Online instructor, Stacie Taylor Chair of Applied Engineering Technology, who has met certification requirements during spring 2019. WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox awarded a certificate to Stacie Taylor, Chair of Applied Engineering Technology and Architecture instructor during the college’s annual spring luncheon on May 13.

Online instructor certification means that WCC instructors have met quality online course standards in both course design and instruction.  Certification is the second step in a two-step process. WCC instructors who teach online first participate in a semester of professional development entitled CORE (Collaborative Online Reflection Experience).

L-R: Stacie Taylor and Dr. Jeff Cox, WCC President.