Karen Westrick wins OCEA award
Co-op manager Karen Westrick received the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) Educator of the Year Award May 20 during OCEA's annual awards banquet.
Everyone at Kettering always knew co-op manager Karen Westrick was #1, but now the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) has made it official. Westrick received the OCEA Educator of the Year Award May 20 during OCEA's annual awards banquet.
Westrick, who is in her 18th year as a Kettering staff member in the Enrollment Management Dept. and resides with her family in Fenton, Mich., said that when she found out about the nomination, "I was honestly surprised and honored. I've enjoyed my work with the OCEA for the past 10 years and find it to be very rewarding, so I'm thrilled to win such an award." She joined the OCEA in 1993 and served on several committees during her tenure, including research, training and scholarship and conference. She also chaired the association's Public Relations, Scholarship and Resource Development Committees during this time.
At the awards banquet, the OCEA recognized Westrick for her friendliness, energy and enthusiasm in working with students and employers. A number of her employers recognized her for her high level of customer service and professionalism, and in particular her ability to work with students to match their interest level with the needs of each employer. Westrick currently works with all students and co-op employers of Kettering in the state of Ohio, and in western Pennsylvania.
The OCEA is a nonprofit professional association founded in 1971. More than 100 members representing U.S. colleges, universities and employers in Ohio make up the association. Membership is open to employers, educators and individuals interested in cooperative education in the state of Ohio.
Written by Gary Erwin