For Immediate Release
Clayton Joe Young Presented CVCC Excellence in Teaching Award
Clayton Joe Young, director of Catawba Valley Community College's Photographic Technology Program, was recently presented the college's Excellence in Teaching Award.
Young joined the faculty in 2004 and has consistently worked toward improving the curriculum to graduate students who possess the skills and experience necessary to succeed in the job market.
The Photographic Technology Program is part of CVCC's School of Academics, Education & Fine Art.
Criteria for the prestigious award include effective and innovative teaching techniques, leadership and skill in motivating high quality student performance, effective communication with students and colleagues, support of the total college mission and service beyond the classroom. Candidates are nominated by their peers.
Young has won numerous photography awards, including first place in the Catawba Valley Camera Club Professional Division, honorable mention in the Wildlife in North Carolina contest, Shelby Star Publisher's Award and Numerous press awards.
His gallery shows include 2010 N.C. Mountain Folk: Watauga and Surrounding Counties, Boone; 2010 Celebration of Heritage: The Face and Voice of Latinos in the Catawba Valley at the Hickory Museum of Art; 2009 Ebony: Faces of African Americans in Catawba County, Hickory Museum of Art; 2009 Inspirations, Lexington; and 2005-2009 North Carolina Community College Art Exhibit, Raleigh.
He has won numerous grants and fellowships including the 2010 Martin Luther King Spark Grant, 2009 Regional Artist Project Grant and 2009 Community Folklife Documentary Institute Grant.
He earned a master's degree in Digital Photography Savannah College of Art and Design and a bachelor's degree in industrial technology/technical photography at Appalachian State University where he graduated with honors. He also earned a bachelor's degree in computer information systems/production operations management at Appalachian State University and an associate degree at Rowan Cabarrus Community College.
"Young is a shining example to his students as he continues to passionately teach at the college and to work in our community - capturing memorable images for us all to enjoy," said Dr. Keith Mackie, dean of instruction.
Other nominees include Spanish instructor Tim Lee and Math Department Head Ann DeBoever.
Clayton Joe Young (right), director of Catawba Valley Community College's Photographic Technology Program, was recently presented the college's Excellence in Teaching Award. Other nominees are (pictured from left) Spanish instructor Tim Lee and Math Department Head Ann DeBoever.