Ruth Ann Hansen, an Employment Technician at Butte College has been selected as the statewide 2010 Classified Employee of the Year by the Board of Governors, the Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges.
“It is an honor for me to be acknowledged by my colleagues in this manner,” said Hansen.
An employee of the district for eight years, Hansen was credited by her nominator as being a great asset to not only the college but the community as well. An advocate for her fellow employees and students, Hansen is credited with an ability to motivate others to reach their potential in a competitive job market. She encourages students to volunteer in the community which frequently results in gainful employment for those students.
In particular Hansen works as liaison with local employers on behalf of the CalWORKS’ students who she assists with job searches and preparations for interviews and employment both on and off the campus.
Hansen is also an active participant on the Butte College Food for Thought Committee, which is dedicated to assisting students in need with food through the college’s food pantry. She also serves on the Butte College Foundation Board, the Budget and Planning Committee, and the CSEA Negotiations Committee.
The Classified Employee of the Year Award was established through a resolution at the May 2008 Board of Governors meeting. The award is to be given out annually starting in May 2009 to honor community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and community colleges.
Recipients are nominated by members of their college/district community and endorsed by their local Board of Trustees. Award recipients are selected by representatives of the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Foundation for California Community College and must have a record of outstanding performance of professional activities, as well as a record of active participation on campus and beyond.