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Dierks chosen as Minnesota West rep for statewide award


WORTHINGTON —  The Minnesota State Board of Trustees will honor a faculty member with the Award for Excellence in Teaching. This honor acknowledges and rewards exceptional individual professional accomplishment and encourages ongoing excellence in teaching.

Minnesota West Community & Technical College has recently undergone an extensive process (using input from faculty and students from each campus) to identify candidates to serve as the Minnesota West nominee for the Award for Excellence in Teaching. Farm Business Management Instructor Mike Dierks has been chosen to represent the college for the award.

Dierks will now compete with approximately 40 other nominees from fellow Minnesota State institutions from across the state. Nominations were based on criteria such as innovative program delivery, cooperation and partnerships within and outside of the college, campus involvement/leadership and community involvement/leadership.

“Mike is an asset to our students, Farm Business Management program and college,” Minnesota West Dean of Agriculture and Business Paul Lanoue said. “He has a genuine passion for helping his farmer students achieve their farm and personal goals. His students are able to utilize their own businesses as a case study for reflection of key concepts that Mike instructs.

“Mike’s farmers are given high-quality and accurate tools to assess the effectiveness of their own business and work to become better managers,” Lanoue added. “Mike’s students know that he will always be there to guide them in their learning journey, and that they have a true advocate and friend.”

Honorable mention to the other Minnesota West instructors who were also nominated for the award: Jay Vargas (social sciences); Leah Gossom (humanities); Douglas Schuett (trades); Kim Leherke (allied health); Paul Seifert (math and sciences); and Mark Temple (transportation).