Debbie Hughes, adjunct professor and business liaison, was excited to learn she had been chosen recently to receive the Lone Star College-Kingwood Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award for the business department. She teaches marketing, human relations, project management and cooperative education with her main focus on co-op learning. “I am thrilled and honored to be chosen to receive the Faculty Excellence Award for the BTSS department. It is incredibly rewarding to have a job like mine – where I work with students in so many different areas. I especially enjoy helping the co-op students attain success in their jobs and helping them achieve their dreams. I am indeed fortunate to work with so many outstanding people and find it a true pleasure to be a part of this college family,” Hughes said. “Lone Star College-Kingwood recognizes outstanding adjunct faculty each year,” said Linda Holcomb, Business Department chair. “We grant four awards yearly based on faculty innovation in the classroom, excellence in teaching, high standards. Debbie Hughes earned the award this year based on her excellence. She teaches co-op which is the last class students take before graduation. In this class, students work for an employer in their chosen fields. In addition to working, students learn to be polished employees and take initiative to become valued employees. Hughes works with the students, their employers and the college to create an innovative program that students find helpful for the transition from school to the workplace. By placing the emphasis on students becoming mature workers, Hughes adds additional value to the student’s education.” The four departments at LSC-Kingwood for which adjunct faculty excellence awards are granted are Business, Technology, and Social Sciences; Math, Applied Technologies, Science and Health; Arts and Humanities; and Continuing Education. Hughes said she has worked to change the cooperative education program, which now establishes ties with the employers, the key players, and allows all the students to get paid for the work they do. This allows them to generate a good work portfolio. It teaches them work ethics, how to get promotions and raises and how to be successful. Most of the students are just starting out in the work force while some are employed and looking to better themselves. The students are required to work 320 hours per semester, which is approximately 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. According to Hughes, the co-op program teaches 13 different specialties including graphic arts, accounting, information technology, legal office, medical office, professional office, logistics, business management, radio and TV broadcasting. In her spare time, Hughes enjoys volunteering for service projects that not only give back but also offer recreational activities that she loves, which is all part of Hughes’ persona. She works with the Heart of Sailing Foundation, Houston-Galveston chapter, where the pleasures of sailing are combined with helping the children whom the organization benefits. Hughes has always found ways of enjoying the best life has to offer because she is willing to work for it. Photo: Debbie Hughes was awarded the LSC-Kingwood Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award for the BTSS department. Photo by Trilla Cook

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