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April 15, 2016
Rhodes State’s Heaton receives ‘Outstanding Award of Excellence for Faculty Innovation’

LIMA (April 15, 2016) -- Angela Heaton, Chair of Rhodes State College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program, is an Awardee for the 2016 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) “Outstanding Award of Excellence for Faculty Innovation”. Heaton received the honor during the AACC Awards of Excellence event held on April 11 in Chicago, Illinois.

Three years ago, Heaton observed first semester anatomy students struggling with their multiple life roles as student, parent, spouse, employee, and caretaker. She created an innovative approach for utilizing tablet technology in and outside the classroom so students could access and use educational tools to support their learning. The results found increased student retention in the program accelerating from 61% to 93% for the graduating class of 2016. 

“All 1,100+ two-year institutions of higher education across the nation were eligible to submit so getting to the final three submissions and then emerging as the national winner was a tremendous endorsement of Angie’s passion for student success and her work,” said Dr. Debra McCurdy, President of Rhodes State. “Angie is a consummate educator and professional, demonstrated in her ability to transform learners into thinkers and create a path for a brighter future.”

Students frequently refer to Heaton’s educational techniques as contributing to their success as graduate physical therapist assistants. She is considered a trailblazer among her peers in the medical community. Heaton was also previously recognized as a Rhodes State College Outstanding Faculty Awardee and was chosen as the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Educator of the Year.

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About Rhodes State College 
Rhodes State College is a public, state-assisted institution of higher learning which is chartered to provide degree-granting career education programs and prepares students for transfer completion of baccalaureate degrees at selected colleges and universities. The college provides non-credit workforce development, consulting for business and industry and prepares students for entry into careers. With over 4,300 students, the college’s core institutional values of integrity, caring, responsibility, respect, and quality guide its policies and practices. 

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