Employee of the Month

September 2016

Maegan Guzman

COM September 2016 employee of the month of Maegan Guzman

Position: Administrative Assistant III 50 Plus Program

Years of Service: 2

Recommendation: "Maegan is proactive and a self-starter who is consistently coming up with more efficient ways to accomplish procedures. Her attitude and demeanor with the students is positive and effective in resolving issues that arise. She has proven to be a good decision maker and a dependable and loyal employee. Maegan has undertaken the task of registration for our program, which was formerly done by Admissions. She gracefully and patiently works with many of our 50 Plus population on a one-on-one basis several times a year. It is not uncommon to see students drop by her office to show her a recent project that they are proud of. She has a passion for assisting our 50 Plus students. Her work ethic is evidenced in the proficiency with which she accomplishes her job responsibilities. She is truly a team player. She encourages and supports our program and our staff."

In an office adorned with students’ art given as thank yous, Maegan Guzman greets new 50 Plus Program participants.

Assisting students and instructors, Maegan believes in going the extra mile.

“I like to be the first person that students talk to. I like to make their first time registering as easy as possible. Some of them can’t hear well or can’t drive. One woman couldn’t drive, so I let her text me the picture of her driver’s license instead so she could still register,” said Maegan. “I want the program to be known for going above and beyond.”

The program offers education travel trips, lectures and classes to those over 18. Those over 50 can take almost any class for $15 per semester.

“I try to go on one day trip per semester to hang out with them. It’s a lot of fun,” said Maegan. “We have students who are 18, 30, 90. We have quality instructors. I think everybody can get something from our program.”

Maegan assists with registering and communicating with the program’s students, numbering 1,047 this fall.

“Her smile is infectious and brightens the day of many of our students on a daily basis. Even as the program has grown over the past three years, she has successfully mastered the challenges of working with more instructors and more students in ways that make each person's experience better. She goes above and beyond to attend events, such as art shows of our students work, on her own time (nights and weekends),” said Alesha Vardeman, COM Director of Lifelong Learning.

At the end of the semester, Maegan sees class results.

“Students often stop by my office and show me their work. They take pride in what they do,” said Maegan.

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