June 24, 2020

Wytheville Community College (WCC) recently recognized Karla Yates, Associate Professor of Nursing, with the 2020 WCC Distinguished Teaching Award.

Yates has been employed at WCC since 2011 and has worked in a variety of capacities, including Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Assessment and Professional Development, and now as the Nursing Program Head.

Yates was nominated based on her enthusiastic teaching style. Josh Floyd, WCC’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator, nominated Yates, noting that she receives praise from both current and former students for being an outstanding teacher. Yates has also been committed to building on the continued success of the Nursing program at WCC with her work to establish clear pathways into the Nursing field through the recruitment, retention, and goal of successful completion of nursing students. Before becoming program head, she was actively involved in the renewal of the Nursing Program’s accreditation.

“Karla [Yates] is an excellent educator and is truly dedicated to the mission of WCC inside the classroom as well as actively involved outside of the classroom,” says Dr. Dean Sprinkle, WCC President.

As recipient of the 2020 WCC Distinguished Teaching Award, Yates will receive a plaque and a monetary award, along with an additional professional development stipend.

The WCC Distinguished Teaching Award was established by Nathaniel W. Pendleton, Jr. in memory of his father, Nathaniel Willis Pendleton, Sr., to recognize and encourage excellence in teaching and service at WCC. Nathaniel Willis Pendleton was Wythe County’s representative in the Virginia House of Delegates, who, together with State Senator D. Woodrow Bird, introduced the necessary enabling bills in the 1962 General Assembly to establish WCC and appropriate its operating funds.

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