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Outstanding teacher and staff awards

Geriann Rada and Dan Zabel.
Dan Zabel surrounded by family.
Geriann Rada and her family.

Two employees on the Lincoln Campus of Southeast Community College were honored July 10 as recipients of the Wekesser Outstanding Teacher and Staff awards.

Dan Zabel, recently retired Welding Technology instructor, and Geriann Rada, director of the Transitions Lab at SCC, received the awards during a ceremony.

Zabel has worked in the Welding Technology program in Milford and Lincoln for the past 35 years. He was an instructor and co-program chair before he retired last month. He plans to continue working part-time at The Career Academy this fall.

“I’ve worked with outstanding faculty over the years and some outstanding students,” Zabel said. “I’ve made good friends and worked with a great staff at SCC.”

Rada and her advisors help students improve test scores and help with their studies. She started as an advisor in 2012 and worked her way up to director in 2016.

“My ultimate goal is to serve the students and figure out what their needs are so they can succeed and get a degree,” she said.

In 1979, Robert and Edith Wekesser established a fund in SCC’s Educational Foundation to recognize people for outstanding service to the Lincoln Campus. Winners each receive $500, a plaque and a balloon bouquet.


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