Sandi Tite (Pinckneyville), a non-traditional student in Rend Lake College’s Office Systems Technology program, has been named the 2006 RLC Cooperative Education Student of the Year.
Cooperative Education or Co-op is a method of instruction that places students into jobs relating to their majors and is an attractive program for both students and employers. Students receive practical “real-world” experience which assists them in the career decision-making process and they earn college credit.
Tite, 44, worked in the main office at Benton Consolidated High School. Principal Sue Woodfin said Tite “has been a tremendous asset to our high school.” Her duties consisted of duplicating materials for faculty and staff, answering phones, assisting parents and community members, filing and more.
Woodfin said Tite “has dealt with faculty, staff and community members in a friendly, professional manner. She is dependable and works very hard at any task she is given. She always has a good attitude and always has a smile.”
Tite has persevered in a career which relies heavily on communication even in light of a hearing impairment. She said one challenge which she has faced in her co-op work is getting people not to turn away from her when they talk so she can see their lips.
“Sandi is a pleasure to work with and has made all our lives at Benton High School just a little bit nicer,” Woodfin said of the 4.0 student.
“Sandi has made a tremendous contribution to our school and I feel she greatly deserves the award of Cooperative Education Student of the Year,” said Woodfin.
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