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Counseling Department wins Innovation of the Year Award at Florissant Valley

March 30, 2012

FV Innovation of the Year 2012  
Dr. Marcia Pfeiffer and Troy Hansen from the Counseling

Every year St. Louis Community College participates in the Innovation of the Year award process. Initially, an Innovation of the Year will be selected at each campus, at the Cosand Center, and, if there are innovations that cross the district in application and usage, a district-wide award. The award winners from each category will then compete for St. Louis Community College’s overall Innovation of the Year, and the resulting League plaque and recognition.

The Florissant Valley Counseling Department won this year’s campus-level award with the Mental Health First Aid program. The program is a culmination of more than two solid years of work and piloting by the Florissant Valley Counseling Department. It has trained more than 75 individuals. The course is designed to give each counselor the necessary skills to help students, staff, or faculty who are developing a mental health problem, or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Other nominees at Florissant Valley included the Sustainable Organic Educational Garden by Mark Manteuffel in the Biology department; the Project Based Learning Activities in Developmental Mathematics by Christine Lewis, Rita Pernic, Pat Suess and Rokhaya Ndao in the Mathematics department; and the Peer/Group Tutoring Program by Karana Phillips in the Academic Support Center.

The district-wide award celebration will be held at 2:30 p.m. on May 7, 2012 in the Highlander Lounge at Forest Park.

The League for Innovation established the Innovation of the Year Award to recognize individual staff members or teams who have designed and implemented a significant innovation. Only one award is presented to each of the League member districts. The League also provides certificates for college innovations that are runners-up in multi-campus district competitions.