The California Community Colleges Board of Governors named Cathie Browning, Kathy Chaika, Don Eckmann, Juan Patino and Rena Pheng as 2013 California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year and honored them at the May 7 board of governors meeting in Sacramento.
Among the recipients for the award is Rena Pheng from Long Beach Community College.
Pheng is described by her nominators as a role model, upbeat, professional, a leader and hardworking. “She is a trusted employee who takes pride in her job, always goes the extra mile and works hard to make sure that everything runs smoothly at the college,” her nominators said. Pheng is a student at California State University, Dominguez Hills, works full-time at Long Beach City College yet still finds the time to volunteer at Meals on Wheels and Catered Manor Nursing Home.
The award has been given annually since 2009 to community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and the community colleges. Recipients are nominated by members of their college or district community and endorsed by local boards of trustees.