Two WKCTC Staff Members Receive Board of Directors Award

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PADUCAH, KY (01/19/2018) Two West Kentucky Community and Technical College staff members recently received the Chairman's Unsung Hero award from WKCTC Board of Directors.

Jessica West and Tammy Thompson, both of Paducah, received the award n recognition of their work, commitment to students and their contribution to their departments and the college as a whole, said Dr. Anton Reece, WKCTC president. "The Chairman's Unsung award provides the flexibility to recognize outstanding individuals beyond the usual recognition award process," he added.

West, business affairs assistant, and Thompson, public relations coordinator, were nominated by their fellow staff members. The awards were announced by WKCTC Board Chair Jason Jones during the college's Fall Commencement Ceremony held in December.

"I was surprised and honored to be awarded the Unsung Hero award," said West, who has worked at WKCTC for six and half years. "I truly appreciate all of the talented staff and faculty I work with every day."

Thompson agreed.

"I have worked at the college for almost 25 years, and I am very lucky to get to work each day with not only colleagues but friends," Thompson said. "I love meeting our students and hope to always be an encouragement to them."

The first Unsung Hero award was given to Dallas McKinney as he graduated from WKCTC in May 2017. McKinney served as Student Government Association president, a student ambassador and in many other capacities during his time at the college. He is currently a student at Western Kentucky University studying meteorology.

A faculty member and student will receive the Unsung Hero award during the May 2018 commencement.


West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has been recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 10 Community College each of the four times the Prize has been awarded by the Aspen Institute and has twice been named a Finalist with Distinction for providing students with strong job training and continuing higher education opportunity, for achieving high completion and transfer rates, and for providing strong employment results for its graduates. For more information visit,