April 21, 2023
Said Otwane, Instructor of Coding Technology on the Forrest County Campus, was surprised by the announcement he had been selected as Outstanding PRCC Employee for February 2023. He was presented with certificates containing his nomination information and several goodies in honor of his hard work.
Otwane graduated from PRCC in 2018 and continued his studies at Columbia University on a Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship. He returned to The River in 2022 to meet the need for another instructor in Coding Technology. His special emphasis is on web development.
“Said represents exceptional qualities that make him the perfect candidate for this recognition,” said Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Campus, Allied Health, and Nursing Programs. “We saw this potential in him as a student and are honored that he chose to come back and inspire our students to be outstanding!”
Dr. James David Collum, Dean of Career and Technical Education at FCC, was serving as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor when Otwane was an active member.
“Said is very deserving of this recognition,” said Collum. “He goes above and beyond with all students he interacts with as a coding instructor and as one of the PTK advisors for the Beta Tau Gamma chapter.
“He volunteers to host tabletop gaming in the Honor’s, assists with travel, and inspires students to accomplish their goals. We are very lucky to have amazing faculty like Said at PRCC.”
Carlo C., a current student, nominated Otwane for the honor.
“Mr. Otwane is always willing to give time to advise others, even outside office hours,” said Carlo. “He gives off an aura of passion for what he does that becomes almost infectious.
“My friends and I truly appreciate Mr. Otwane, he has truly helped campus feel like a community especially with supervising afterschool Dungeons & Dragons sessions for us!”
Anyone wishing to nominate a current PRCC employee can do so monthly through the PRCC website at prcc.edu/nominate-prcc-employee/.
PRCC EMPLOYEES NOMINATED IN FEBRUARY
Amanda Brumfield, Christine Davis, Said Otwane, Jolie Pervel, Amanda Prince, and Shannon Scharwath-Busby.
Article by Laura O’Neill.