Luz Reyes-Martin, Director of Communications
From left to right: Jeff Barnes (Honorable Mention), Regina Reese (Honorable Mention), Sherie Higgins (2018 Outstanding Classified Employee of Year), Jason Levy (Honorable Mention), Victor Bryant (Honorable Mention)
At the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees meeting on April 26, Sherie Higgins was recognized as the Outstanding Classified Employee of 2018. Sherie, who works as an Administrative Assistant II, has been with SBCC for 13 years and claims that each day is filled with excitement and joy.
With two academic divisions to support, she is often the first person that students and faculty contact for help, helping to procure class materials, assisting with setting up course evaluations, or, in the case of Health Information Technologies, coordinating a high number of clinical agreements that must be updated each year to allow SBCC students to work at a hospital or clinical site. One faculty member commented that she is his anchor for helping him to understand all the processes and forms that SBCC requires when doing his job.
In addition to supporting faculty and students, her efforts and support to the greater campus have been praiseworthy. She has served on a number of committees over the years including the Committee for the United Way, Classified Consultation Group, Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory, Program Evaluation, and Guided Pathways. She also volunteers with the SBCC’s Food Share Program and is trained as a Safety Marshall.
According to Dean of Educational Programs, Alan Price, “Sherie is truly an outstanding classified employee. She is the kind of employee that will always do ‘what’s right’ and ‘what’s needed’ in serving faculty, staff and students.”
In addition to Sherie Higgins' award, four other classified employees were given Honorable Mention: Victor Bryant in the Scheduling Office; Regina Reese, Lab Teaching Assistant in the Learning Resources Center; Jeff Barnes, Technology Specialist in the Faculty Resource Center; and Jason Levy, the Tutorial Center Coordinator.
Each year SBCC honors a member of staff with the Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year award. Up to four staff members are given Honorable Mention as well. The criteria for selection is based upon an employee’s outstanding service to the Santa Barbara City College campus community.