The Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award was established in 2001 to honor a community college staff member, district, college, or program that has made the greatest contribution towards faculty and staff diversity or student equity.
This award is named in honor of former Board of Governors member Dr. John W. Rice. He served on the board from 1992-2000 and was a leader, innovator, and spokesperson for equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in the California Community Colleges. This award is named in his behalf as a testament to his strong commitment to faculty and staff diversity, student equity, and his strong support for a multicultural learning experience for all students.
The Classified Employee of the Year Award was established through a resolution at the May 2008 Board of Governors meeting. The Award has been given out annually since May 2009 to honor community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and community colleges. Recipients are nominated by members of their college/district community and endorsed by their local Board of Trustees. Award recipients are selected by representatives of the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Foundation for California Community College and must have a record of outstanding performance of professional activities, as well as a record of active participation on campus and beyond.
The Classified Employee of the Year Award is supported through a grant from the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Each recipient will receive a $500 cash award and a commemorative plaque.
2014 Classified Employee of the Year recipients
2013 Classified Employee of the Year recipients
Classified Employee Award Criteria (PDF)
Classified Employee Awards Program Form (PDF)
Rate Sheet (TRUSTEES ONLY - PDF)
After several years of hiatus, in 2006 and each year thereafter the Board of Governors and Chancellor recognize two to four legislators for their outstanding leadership and support of the California Community Colleges. The legislators are presented with an award at the annual California Community Colleges, Board of Governors Legislative Reception held in May. The Board of Governors host this reception to thank legislators for their ongoing support of California Community Colleges throughout the legislative year. The Board of Governors submit nominations for legislators they believe have provided strong leadership and support for the California Community Colleges. There are three award categories with the criteria for each listed below: