Sheri Ventura, coordinator of Distance Learning Services at County College of Morris (CCM), recently was presented with a 2012 Community College Spirit Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) in recognition of her exemplary service to New Jersey’s community colleges.
Ventura, a resident of Newton, was recognized for her leadership in facilitating greater collaboration among community colleges to enhance distance learning programs across the state. She is now in her second year as chair of the NJCCC Distance Education Affinity Group.
“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said NJCCC Vice Chair Helen Albright.
“I am pleased to be recognized for my participation and leadership,” said Ventura. “I also would like to thank and recognize the distance learning professionals and academic officers across New Jersey. It is their dedication and commitment to excellence that have allowed us to maintain a successful distance education consortium to benefit community college students.”
Ventura has served as distance education coordinator at CCM since 2004. In that role, she is responsible for the administrative aspects of distance learning at the college including web-based instruction and courses supplemented with streaming video. Along with her service with NJCCC, she is co-chair of the NJEdge.net Distance Learning Academic Advisory Board. She also serves as president of the Academic Administrative Personnel Federation at CCM.
The NJCCC is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government, in addition to serving as the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.