Don Sanders, director of welding technology at Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC), has a habit of watching students cross the stage to accept their degrees. On Saturday it was his turn to cross the stage as he received his Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
“After 18 months and 13,464 miles of commuting, two hurricanes, two ice storms and COVID, I can’t wait to have a weekend to myself. It was strange on the weekend not to have to study. You make this habit, ”Sanders said.
“We are all very proud of Don for his accomplishments,” said CLTCC Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Sawtelle. “This is great for everyone – it benefits Don as it adds to his already considerable skills, it enhances the learning experience his students will receive and it benefits CLTCC to have highly qualified administrators. We are truly grateful to Don for his commitment to excellence and professional development and to his family for their support. We are also grateful to the Rapides Foundation and Louisiana Central for their support in creating the position of Director of Welding Technology at CLTCC.
Sanders was aided in his pursuit of an MBA when he was named the recipient of the 2020-2021 William Kielhorn Educator Scholarship, a national scholarship from the American Welding Society Foundation designed to help current welding educators improve their skills. knowledge and training skills through continuing education or professional development.
Ray Peters, formerly at RoyOMartin in Alexandria, is Director of the MBA at Nicholls State. “It was an absolute pleasure that someone of Don’s dedication and commitment participated in our Executive MBA program. His many years of manufacturing experience added an insightful perspective to the classroom discussions. In his final paper on The program, Don quoted Abraham Maslow, who said, “If you plan to be less than what you are capable of being, you will likely be miserable for the rest of your life. It’s clear that Don’s vision is to be the best version of himself, ”said Peters.
Sanders, who also holds a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana Christian University, said the experience of being a new student has affected the way he interacts with his own students. “The hardest part was separating the time spent studying and the time spent with family,” he said. “Now when my students come in and say they have these kinds of challenges, I totally understand. “
While his experience made him more sensitive to the challenges his students face in managing family life and studying, it also made him more focused on encouraging others to make this commitment. “When I see an older student come in, I can tell them you’re never too old to learn,” he said. “I believe in lifelong learning. This (MBA program) has been a great experience that I can relate to with my students and colleagues. If I can do it, so can they!
“The most rewarding part of teaching is seeing the impact we have on the students,” Sanders continued. “One of my favorite moments here at CLTCC is when I see the light come on for the student. It is a moment of transformation for both the student and the instructor. It is realizing that we are going to change their lives and their way of life for the better with a high paying and high demand career and knowing that I have my mark on the success of this student.
Registrations for the spring and summer sessions are underway. To register and register, visit www.CLTCC.edu/apply. For more information, contact the school by emailing [email protected] or call 800-278-9855.