(ABILENE, Texas) – Carly Kahl believes in Texas State Technical College’s values.

Kahl, who has worked at TSTC for the past 12 years, received a 2020 Chancellor’s Excellence Award for her dedication to the college and willingness to help others.

“The teammates who win this award model excellence for us all and are recognized for both their sound character and for advancing TSTC’s mission,” said TSTC Chancellor & CEO Mike Reeser. “Due to their caring and dedicated efforts, TSTC continues to make a difference in the employment success of our students.”

Kahl, a graduate of Andrews High School, is a Social/Behavioral Science master instructor in Abilene. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMurry University and a Master of Arts degree from Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. She is currently working on a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award, and I am excited to join the ranks of previous Chancellor’s Excellence Award winners,” she said.

As an assistant department chair, Kahl does more than teach students. She leads the TSTC General Education department at the Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, and Sweetwater campuses, as well as with other department chairs statewide within the department.

“I love that I get to do so many things at different levels,” she said. “I enjoy meeting and working with various departments and divisions across the state who all have a common mission: Place more Texans in great-paying jobs. The General Education department is full of wonderful faculty, and I couldn’t ask for better team members. I also love teaching students, and I especially love seeing that moment when students get it, when something they’ve been thinking about clicks and understanding happens.”

Kahl’s willingness to help her students and others is among the reasons she received the award.

“Each year TSTC employees have an opportunity to nominate fellow employees who display our core values on an ongoing and consistent basis. Regardless of their daily demands, these nominees have risen to the top through their dedication to TSTC customers, both internal and external,” said Rick Denbow, provost at TSTC in West Texas. “With multiple levels of vetting, only a small percentage of those nominated are awarded the Chancellor’s Excellence Award.”

Kahl said she is excited about TSTC’s new commitment campaign, “Shaping You to Get Hired.”

“I believe our new commitment campaign is a game changer. Companies want employees with good communication and professional skills, and (the) campaign ensures that all our students have the chance to learn those essential skills,” she said.

For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.


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