PENDLETON --- Jan Gibbs, an adjunct instructor/lecturer in Tri-County Technical College's Medical Assisting program, received the College's 2016 Adjunct Faculty Presidential Award May 4.

            This award is given annually at the spring faculty/staff convocation to the adjunct faculty member who is recognized for excellence in teaching, who has consistently high student evaluations and who supports the philosophy and goals of the College.

Mrs. Gibbs, a Seneca resident, is a 2001 graduate of Tri-County's Medical Assisting program and a 1999 alumna of its Surgical Technology program. She is a certified medical assistant, a surgical technologist and holds a certificate in electrocardiology. 

 She has served as an adjunct instructor at Tri-County for the past 15 years.

"Jan exemplifies excellence in teaching, has earned the respect of students and other faculty members and supports the goals of the College," Donna Palmer, allied health department head and dental assisting faculty member, wrote in her nomination letter.  "Her loyalty and service have been impeccable and she is deserving of this honor because of her timeless and tireless service for the good of her students and this institution."

While the College was searching to fill the program coordinator position, Gibbs assumed the role on an interim basis.  She managed students, assumed additional teaching assignments and helped with scheduling, which included a new evening cohort of students.  She also attended the National Medical Assisting conference in Atlanta.

 "Jan has a wealth of knowledge that she shares with students through various modes of delivery," said Palmer, adding that Gibbs also teaches Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Law and Ethics within the Allied Health Department.  "Jan has always been eager to help and willing to accept additional requests within her teaching assignments and responsibilities.  She is a lifelong learner and continues her own education by maintaining her CEUs for her recertification process and professional development at the College." Gibbs also completed the online certification through the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Fundamentals of Online Teaching.

"Jan is passionate about helping her students to be engaged and ensuring their success.  She accomplishes tasks with great initiative, detailed organization and maintains a very positive attitude," said Palmer.

Gibbs serves as chair of the College's Medical Assisting Advisory Committee and is a member of the Anderson Chapter of the American Association of Medical Assistants. 

She began her career as a surgical technologist at Head and Neck Surgery of South Carolina and later worked as billing manager for Anderson Family Care, as well as billing director for Lab Tech Diagnostics in Anderson. 

She and her husband, Randy, live in Seneca.