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Gibson appointed to board

OGLESBY — Jim Gibson, electronics program coordinator at Illinois Valley Community College, has been appointed to the board of the National Association for Workforce Improvement (NAWI).

In announcing the appointment, NAWI Vice President Laurie Kash said, “One of NAWI’s favorite presenters has agreed to join our ranks.” Gibson and a team of IVCC professors have been giving presentations at NAWI’s annual national conference since 2007.

Commenting on his appointment, Gibson described the NAWI conference as “a source of great knowledge and inspiration to me in the past 10 years,” and added: “We have great programs here at IVCC and I will love sharing what I know and learning from others on a national stage.”

Gibson will serve as a representative for the upper Midwest region on the board of the organization, which is dedicated to program improvement in career and technical education.

In addition to NAWI, Gibson has given numerous presentations at national conferences and has co-authored a number of papers.

In 2005, he was named Outstanding Faculty by the National Association of Industrial Technology (now called the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering).

In 2006, a paper he co-authored was named Best Paper by the National Association of Industrial Technology, and a second paper he co-authored was nominated for Best Paper by the American Society for Engineering Education. Both papers focus on IVCC’s Making Industry Meaningful In College (MIMIC) project which teams students in engineering design, electronics, and business to design, prototype, manufacture, market and sell products.

He currently serves as principal investigator on a $560,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop renewable energy technician programs at IVCC. He has served as a co-principal investigator on two previous NSF grants.

Gibson spent three weeks this summer in the West African Republic of Ghana teaching programmable logic controls to professors at Tokaradi Polytechnic so they can teach their students and maintain their equipment.

In July, he taught a graduate course through Quincy University to area teachers, enabling them to offer renewable energy projects to their students. Gibson, who resides in Hennepin, is a member of the Putnam County School Board.

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