MCCC's Virtual College Wins National Award
From the Instructional Technology Council


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College's Virtual College has won a national award from The Instructional Technology Council. Staff members led by Assistant Dean and Director Debbie Kell accepted the "Outstanding Technical Support and Service in ELearning" award at a recent conference.

According to Kell, the award came after an extensive application process. "The judges made specific note of the creativity and enthusiasm evident in our initiatives and remarked upon special areas," she said. Those areas included the inclusive process used during the migration from WebCT to ANGEL; the dynamic multimedia Game Show format for student orientation to online courses; and the features and personality of the unit's website, especially the Spotlighted Faculty streaming videos. The videos may be accessed at

Staff members of The Virtual College include, from left, Coordinator Mike Sullivan, Assistant Dean and Director Debbie Kell, student worker Alex Mathew, Administrative Specialist Jill Marcus, Analyst Rodney Hargis and Analyst Karen Wahl.

Kell said the exceptional team approach to all of Mercer's distance learning initiatives made the difference. "I was absolutely thrilled because it was more than a reflection on the work of the people in this office. There is a wonderful synergy with faculty members who teach online, and with the administration and our Information Technology people. We have wonderful esprit de corps."

Mercer's Virtual College offers credit classes online and through cable TV that can be completed from home. Students access courses through the college website and interact with faculty members via email, in real time, and through chat and discussion forums in a user-friendly "virtual" classroom environment.
For more information contact The Virtual College at Mercer County Community College at (609) 570-3389 or email

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