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Maysville, KY The New Horizons Award of Excellence is awarded annually to one Maysville Community and Technical College faculty member, one administrative staff member and one supportive staff member for their service to students, community involvement, personal professional development and demonstrated leadership. They are individuals whose creativity and innovative spirit pave the way for the future of MCTC.

Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and serve as standards of leadership for MCTC, the community and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The 2016 New Horizons award winners are Chef Patrick Zemba (Faculty Award), Valerie Mullins (Supportive Staff) and Missy Stitt (Administrative Staff).

Chef Patrick Zemba is an instructor for the Maysville Institute of Culinary Arts. In addition to his instruction in the classroom, Zemba oversees the College Caf, a student-run restaurant in downtown Maysville, and teaches many community classes. He has taken on countless college catering jobs for meetings and special events at MCTC. His attention to detail and demonstrated leadership towards student success, the culinary program, and community have opened the eyes of many in the region, especially his colleagues.

Valerie Mullins is a Success Coach on the Maysville campus. She joined MCTC in 2007 and has served in various roles in those nine years. Her sincere dedication to students make Valerie a shining star. She is a cheerleader, advisor, tutor, friend, problem solver and, most importantly, always a student advocate.

Missy Stitt is the Business Operations Manager on the Maysville campus and has over 29 years of service at MCTC. Stitt spends countless hours overseeing the business office day-to-day operations including payroll, budgeting, accounts payable, purchasing, asset management, inventory and travel auditing. She is a tremendous asset to the students and her knowledge, integrity and work ethic are just a few of the many excellent qualities she possesses.

MCTC is fortunate to have such caring and student-invested faculty and staff, stated MCTC President Dr. Stephen Vacik. These award winners, Valerie Mullins, Missy Stitt and Patrick Zemba, are outstanding examples of our college mission in action. Whether it is the tutoring lab, business office or classroom, these three are committed to the highest quality of instruction for our students.

For more information, call or email Pam McGlone at 606-759-7141, ext. 66247.