(L-R: Lyle Quasim, interim president; Clinton Griffee, welding instructor; Mike Scott, broadcasting and video production instructor; Stan Rumbaugh, chair of the board of trustees)
While Clinton Griffee, welding instructor, and Mike Scott, broadcasting and video production instructor, teach distinct, separate subjects, it's clear they have one thing in common: they are dedicated to their students.
On Thursday, May 20, Clinton and Mike were both honored as Educators of the Year at the 2010 Washington Association of Vocational Education (WAVE) award ceremony held at the college’s downtown campus. The award recognizes individuals who exhibit outstanding knowledge, expertise and exceptional achievement in their field, and who create an exceptional learning environment for students.
Clinton, who brings 38 years of welding knowledge and experience to the classroom, spent nearly 27 years with The Boeing Company. He was a production welder, welding inspector and a materials and process analyst. "I developed weld procedures for the space station in Huntsville, Ala., and performed tubular welding for fuel lines on the F22 fighter jet," says Clinton.
A Bates faculty member since September 2001, Clinton says his career has been rewarding. "What I love about teaching is watching the students learn and interfacing with them," he says. "It's gratifying that they're learning and picking up information that I have to offer."
Rick Huston, fellow welding instructor, says Bates is fortunate to have Clinton as an instructor. "There is no one that I would rather work with or be associated with than Clinton Griffee."
For more than 20 years, Mike has been a key member of Bates' Audio/Visual Technology and Communication programs. "[He] has made substantial improvements in his department over the past three years," says John Howard, dean of instruction. "He combined two programs to create the new Broadcasting and Video Production program that better prepares students for broadcast careers," he says.
In addition to melding the two programs, Mike was instrumental in restructuring the programs to make it easier for the four faculty members to deliver a more collaborative approach to teach their students.
Mike says he teaches because he loves it. "What I like about it is the interaction I have with the different students. There's always a couple in every group that makes what you do worthwhile," he says.
Students in Audio Sound Technology, Digital Media and Broadcasting and Video Production work together on a variety of projects throughout the school year. This year, students created professional video segments for the World Trade Center's annual awards dinner, taped basketball and football games for Franklin Pierce School District using the remote truck, and will videotape and produce the Tacoma Rainiers' 72 home games, some for live broadcast on Comcast. The students will also videotape the Dockyard Derby Dame roller derby bouts.
"Mike uses the remote truck that students helped to build to work with them in producing and taping high school sporting events," says John. "Students recognize Mike for his commitment to their success and community involvement."
Says Mike, the payback comes from feeling as though you empowered the students to succeed. "They're the ones who do all the work. It's their successes and their hard work that make it worthwhile."