For the fifth time in the six-year history of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky Contest sponsored by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KSHRM) and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Somerset Community College has been named one of the winners in the large company category.
We are all very proud to have been selected as one of the best places to work in Kentucky, said Dr. Jo Marshall, the President and CEO of SCC. A big part of the criteria for the award is a random survey completed by most of the employees concerning our working conditions, wages, and benefits. It is very gratifying to know that so many of my fellow employees are happy to be working at Somerset Community College.
I love Somerset Community College and so does our faculty and staff. Thats a big part of what makes it an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work, Marshall continued.
Awards are given to all applicants who obtain a minimum score in two categories: businesses employing more than 250 (large) and those employing less than 250 (small). SCC competes in the large business category. This year 32 large companies and 32 small companies qualified as finalists.
The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company's employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. The survey feedback that all participating companies receive will enable them to develop the plans and implement the steps necessary to create a great workplace and continue to improve the performance of their business.
Last year, SCC finished in 11th Place in the competition. The 2009 award was the highest finish SCC has achieved during its previous four tries as a finalist in the contest.
Of course, we are always striving to be the best of the best, Marshall said. Maybe this will be the year well be number one.
The final ranking of the winners will be announced at an awards dinner Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the Lexington Convention Center.
According to the human resources association, the goal of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky competition is to raise the bar among the states employers and create excellence and employee satisfaction in the workplace that will attract talented people for years to come. The organization said that the initiative is integral for Kentucky to compete in both national and global arenas.
Every year the Kentucky Community and Technical College System provides real opportunity to real people transforming the economy of the entire state by transforming the lives of the people who live in it. Help us continue transforming lives and our states economy by joining the Kentuckians for Community and Technical Colleges at kctcs.edu.
Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.
KCTCS serves the Commonwealth through 16 community and technical college districts that form a seamless system of 67 campuses open or under construction. KCTCS colleges change lives by providing accessible and affordable education and training through academic and technical associate degrees; diploma and certificate programs in occupational fields; pre-baccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; customized training for business and industry; and distance learning. For more information, visit www.kctcs.edu.