Three faculty/staff members have been honored as Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College’s Educators of the Year and will be recognized at the South Carolina Technical Education Association meeting in February.
Sernetta V. Quick, director of admissions and recruitment, is the college’s outstanding administrator; Michelle Provost-Wassell, psychology instructor and Peer Assisted Support Services co-coordinator instructor, is the outstanding faculty member; and Charlene Minus, Student Support Services coordinator II, is the outstanding staff honoree.
SCTEA is a professional association of technical education personnel and others interested in post-secondary technical education.
Quick joined OCtech in 2007. In addition to being director of admissions and recruitment, she works closely with the Middle College program. In the fall of 2012, the program had a record number of 625 participants.
At her previous position at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Quick helped develop the award-winning, nationally recognized Carolina Master Scholars program at USC that offers scholastically challenging pre-university programs for rising 6th through 12th graders who are academically talented.
Quick is a member of the Orangeburg Technology Center’s Advisory Board and Schools that Work Committee as well as SCTEA, Carolina Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers and the School Improvement Council at Lake Marion High School. She sits on the advisory board for Cope Career Center and is secretary for the Morning Star Chapter# 123 OES. She also serves as a mentor for the executive officers of the Family of African American Pre-Medical students at USC Columbia. She is also a 2009 S.C. Technical College System Leadership Academy graduate. Quick was 2010 and 2011 Volunteer of the Year for Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five.
“I feel that OCtech is able to provide the community, current students and prospective students options that they can’t find anywhere else,” said Quick. “We play a large role in helping our students succeed in life, and that means so much to me. That brings joy to my life.”
Provost-Wassell has been with the college for two years. She is currently a full-time psychology instructor, the owner/founder of Fulfilling Minds, a Ph.D. student in counseling studies, and is pursuing licensure for LPC/I in South Carolina.
Prior to obtaining a full-time teaching position, Provost-Wassell was an adjunct instructor at Central Carolina Technical College, a guest lecturer at Radford University and a Resident in Counseling. During her tenure at OCtech, Provost-Wassell has designed three online psychology courses, been appointed co-coordinator of the PASS program and, this past semester, began teaching college skills.
Despite her busy schedule, Provost-Wassell always makes time for her students.
“There is nothing more fulfilling than a student who wants to come to class and tells you they look forward to coming to your class,” Provost-Wassell said. “I know I cannot make a difference in every student’s life, but for every one I do, it makes it all worthwhile.”
Provost-Wassell donates her time and talent to the college as well as area schools with her Stress Reduction and Relaxation seminars. She also implemented a group therapy for Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault that has been adopted by the Sexual Trauma Center of the Midlands.
Provost-Wassell is currently a member of SCTEA, a teacher affiliate member of the American Psychological Association and a member of the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists. She is very active in her children’s school and athletics and is an advocate for holistic health.
Minus joined OCtech in 1997. Prior to this, she was a counselor with the Department of Mental Health, a case manager with the Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and an officer with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Minus works diligently every day to help students.
“It brings me joy to come to work each day knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of students, while receiving adequate support from everyone at the college,” she said.
Minus assists with advisement and recruitment and is a Certified Basic Tutor Trainer. She is also a Victim’s Advocate Liaison with Campus Public Safety and proctors the Compass Test and serves as a coordinator in the Testing Center. In 2003, she was the Woman of the Year representative for New Covenant United Methodist Church. In 2009, she received the Emerging Leaders Award from the South Carolina Council of Educational Opportunity Programs Personnel.
Minus is very active in New Covenant United Methodist Church, and serves as youth mentor, Usher Board vice president and Sunday school teacher. She served as chair for the Health and Welfare Committee and is a member of United Methodist Women. She is also a volunteer victim’s advocate for the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.