For the past 28 years, Al Foderaro has worked at County College of Morris, in New Jersey, where he is currently the Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education.
Al has distinguished himself within state, regional and national professional organizations. He served on the CEIA Board for seven years as Regional VP, VP Marketing, and CEIA President in 2000 where he initiated a financial management system to preserve the integrity of our organization. In addition, he developed the first CEA Program Network for community and two-year colleges while publishing the Community College Resource Guide.
The Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association selected Al to serve as their Treasurer and President where he was given a Lifetime Membership Award for dedicated service in the career development field. Al Foderaro also served as the President of the New Jersey Cooperative Education & Internship Association and was selected as the Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Education Association.
Throughout his career, Al has presented more than 100 workshops on topics related to career services, cooperative education, tech prep, outcomes assessment, and school-to-work including CEIA, the National Commission, and the US Dept of Labor and Education while serving as a consultant and evaluator. He has also addressed political lobbyists in support of Title VIII and School-To-Work Initiatives.
Al’s professional and personal philosophies are defined not so much by what can be, as by what could be. He wisely partners his idealism with whatever pragmatism is required by a situation. Al is a dreamer and a creator, turning possibilities into realities. Thriving on challenge, he leads by his example and encourages others with his energy and enthusiasm.
As colleagues quoted in support of his nomination, “Al is someone who we can always count on to pitch in and share responsibility to insure the success of any program or conference….his leadership and friendship have motivated, inspired and supported many of us over the years.”
Since 1974, Dan Cayse has worked with business students and is currently the Dean of the Business Technologies Division at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Founded on the principles of cooperative education, it hosts one of the largest two-year co-op programs in the United States. Dan currently leads the academic affairs and co-op program for 20 Associate Degree programs and 14 Certificates for the Business Technologies Division.
Dan has long been active in state, regional and national cooperative education professional organizations. He served as the CEA President in 1989-90, as well as two terms as the Vice President of Finance. He rejoined the CEIA Board in 2003 and is currently the VP of Finance. On the regional level, Dan developed the financial reporting system for the Midwest Cooperative Education & Internship Association and as a Certified Public Accountant, provided financial audits and non-profit consultation services. He was recognized as MCEIA’s Educator of the Year in 2004.
The Ohio Cooperative Education Association elected Dan Cayse to the position of President in 1986 where he expanded state membership and fostered the expansion of an endowment for scholarships and research to maintain itself as one of the largest, state co-op associations in the country. OCEA honored Dan Cayse as their Educator of the Year in 1990.
In other professional contributions to cooperative education, Dan has been a consultant for numerous colleges and corporations as well as having made over 100 presentations throughout the United States. He currently serves as a representative to the National Commission for Cooperative Education and is a contributor to Measures of Excellence, published by the National Commission.
Other involvement includes representing the United States in Canadian co-op initiatives, testifying before Congress during the Title VIII funding era and being instrumental with the efforts to bring about the co-op national ad campaign.
Perhaps more significant than anything else have been Dan Cayse’s effect on the people in the field of cooperative education. He has consistently supported his faculty’s involvement in professional activities and has provided inspiration to countless co-op practitioners across the United States.
A quiet, humble, unpretentious leader, Dan not only has been willing to share his knowledge with others, but has fostered the professional development of those who have been fortunate enough to work with him. He can effectively articulate the academic role of co-op in students’ educational programs, while maneuvering through the politics of academic institutions.
Nominated by University of Alabama, Huntsville, our 2005 Charles F. Kettering award recipient started with her employer as a cooperative education student 19 years ago. A true success story for she was converted to regular hire by her organization and has been a very successful employee ever since.
Chrissa Hall currently holds the position of human resource specialist in the Academic Affairs Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, Alabama. She is responsible for both the Marshall Center and NASA-wide corporate recruiting in addition to managing Marshall’s Cooperative Education program. She manages up to 50 students from 20 colleges and universities across the United States. She leads the primary human capital “pipeline” for the Marshall Space Flight Center, the nation’s storehouse of spacecraft systems development.
As a result of Ms. Hall’s vision, the idea of focusing on quality and incorporating co-op into a formalized “training” program came into existence. She plays an active, public role in the cooperative education field by her participation and attendance at the Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) and the Southeastern Region Cooperative Education Conference on a regular basis.
Chrissa attributes the co-op experience with definitely inspiring her to seek a career with NASA which led to her becoming the Co-op Program Manager for the Center.
Two-Year College Cooperative Education/Internship Student Achievement Award
Melodie Grace Brown
Frederick Community College
Melodie’s co-op coordinator states that if ever there has been a student that exemplifies the power of experiential education, Melodie Brown is that student. She has had an impact on her college co-op program, on the placement site and those she has come in contact with as a result of her co-op experience. She graduated from the Deaf Studies Program at Frederick Community College and co-oped at the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, West Virginia. She was required to complete 135 hours of work but Melodie completed 657 hours beyond the required 135.
After seeing the challenges her fifteen year old autistic brother faced when trying to communicate, Melodie decided to pursue a degree in deaf studies. Early on, she began to teach herself sign-language to communicate with her brother. Prior to entering Frederick Community College, Melodie completed her BA degree at Shepherd University, CUM Laude, and volunteered at Deaf Schools in Puerto Rico, El Salvador, and Jamaica. Her interests included Special Olympics and Music plus she was the recipient of many scholarships including the Miss Maryland Scholarship.
Cooperative Education Student Achievement Award
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
David Atlee, a physics major from King of Prussia, has been selected as the recipient of a national award. The Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA), has honored Atlee with the 2004 Cooperative Education Student Achievement Award. The award is given annually in recognition of a student’s academic achievements and contributions to their employers, the University, the community, and the field of cooperative education.
Atlee was nominated by Dr. Christian Spiering, Group Leader AMANDA/IceCube, DESY in Zeuthen, Germany. During his January through August 2004 co-op assignment, he installed data acquisition and test software needed for the production and testing of digital optical modules for the IceCube experiment, searching for high energy neutrinos from cosmic sources. Dr. Spiering states that “David very effectively made the first tests of optical modules in Germany running. He is in the top 5% of the students in our group over the last ten years.”
Dave completed his first rotation during the summer of 2003 with Dr. Douglas Cowen, Associate Professor at Penn State University. During this co-op rotation, David conducted research in neutrino astrophysics, developing software to read out and analyze data from devices which ultimately will be inserted deep into the ice cap at the South Pole.
2005 Internship Student Achievement Award
Julie M. Muthoka
University of Akron
Julie M. Muthoka is a senior, double majoring in International Business and Business Administration and double minoring in Human Resource Management and Sales Management at the University of Akron, in Akron Ohio. She is graduating this spring with a GPA of 3.5.
Not only is she academically talented, Julie is also active on campus in Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society and African Students Association. In the community, Julie participates with the Harvest Christian Center, where among other things she assisted in mission trips to Uganda.
With her impressive background Julie was able to secure an internship with the Timken Company in Canton, Ohio. The Timken Company is a leading global manufacturer of highly engineered ball bearings and alloy steels. Julie’s internship took place in the Human Resources Department of the Automotive Division.
During her internship, Julie accomplished three large tasks: auditing the company’s Talent Management Program and presenting her findings to management; coordinating succession planning for managers within the Automotive Division and; building and updating all job descriptions for the Automotive Division and creating a shared drive to house the descriptions electronically.
Regarding her performance, her supervisor, Michael R. Crist, Manager, Organizational Advancement, Automotive said, “I have been very impressed with the performance of Julie M. Muthoka during her internship assignment at The Timken Company. Her contributions rival those of associates that have been with the Company for several years.”