A huge congratulations to our faculty and staff who were presented with the following awards during Professional Development day held August 17th and 18th.

Katie Myler – Makes a Difference


The “Makes a Difference” award exemplifies and inspires positive values and behaviors in others. Recipients have the characteristics of: extraordinary generosity, exceptional guidance, innovative, and a positive attitude. Recipients are encouraging, volunteering, always giving of time and abilities, and provide outstanding customer service.

Comments made about Katie by her fellow co-workers:

  • She is patient, helpful, upbeat, optimistic, cheerful, pleasant, enjoyable. When you walk in to her office, there is always a big smile and you can’t help but be happier when you are around them. There is no such thing as “silly” questions and the answers are in non-techy terms including how things work and why!
  • She is not afraid to dig in even if it is an unfamiliar area.  Even with a million things to do, she always finds a way to drop everything to find a solution. 
  • She is patient and always smiles. Her energy and work ethic are contagious. She is a huge asset to this college!  

Tiffiny Jensen – Above and Beyond


This award recognizes faculty/staff for an attitude of excellence, teamwork, and willingness to put in extra effort with a cheerful attitude. This person demonstrates characteristics of: continually learning; ensuring College success; setting high standards; honesty, fairness, and accountability; inclusion of diversity; mutual respect; and a sense of community.

Comments made about Tiffiny by her fellow co-workers:

  • Tiffiny is always cheerful, thoughtful, and has a positive work attitude that are above and beyond!
  • She is the first person to smile and say “Hi!” She is patient with everyone. Always very welcoming and kind.
  • She never makes me feel like an interruption of work, but rather the reason for it. If the answer in unknown, she will work to find it, and without fail will follow up.
  • She works quietly behind the scenes, never looking for recognition. Continually puts best forward! Always willing to go the extra mile — over and over, day after day, year after year. 
  • Whether it is a big projects or taking the time to assist one-on-one she is always willing and ready to help.  She puts BTECH and employees needs above her own and does it with a smile!  Plus, she is just plain likable.

Lisa Balling – Above and Beyond


This award recognizes faculty/staff for an attitude of excellence, teamwork, and willingness to put in extra effort with a cheerful attitude. This person demonstrates characteristics of: continually learning; ensuring College success; setting high standards; honesty, fairness, and accountability; inclusion of diversity; mutual respect; and a sense of community.

Comments made about Lisa by her fellow co-workers:

  • Lisa is friendly, easy going, always follows through and is extremely pleasant. Always willing to help in any way and frequently offers to help.
  • Went above and beyond to teach me individually how to use tools I was unfamiliar with. I never felt rushed or like my needs were unimportant.
  • Lisa goes above and beyond. Computer and communication skills are excellent! Explanations are easy to understand. Patiently waits while I asked questions.  Treats everyone equally. Is a lot of fun. Continuously cheerful and happy. Over the top energy. She never lets you down. You can completely put your trust in her.

Colette Pulsipher – Covid Warrior


This award recognizes a colleague for outstanding performance and determination during COVID. Demonstrating characteristics of: working tirelessly toward a goal; having attention to detail; perseverance; sharing their best; owning mistakes; having a positive outlook; encouraging others; performing as team player; and always willing to assist with any task regardless of how big or small.

Comments made about Colette by her fellow co-workers:

  • Colette is a true inspiration! She stayed positive through this crazy time. Frequently checked in with us to make sure we were doing okay. Went out of the way to make sure we have everything we need to safely continue.  Is a rock-star!
  • Spearheaded and coordinated the College’s efforts to provide a mask to every student and faculty member. Worked tirelessly sewing and coordinating the talents of many others for the College to reopen. I was shocked to hear how much time and energy was spent sewing masks for students because the support given to my department did not decrease at all.  She not only had to oversee the coordination of pattern development, sample creation, but organized several volunteers AND put in countless hours herself sewing, pinning and working her fingers to the bone! And, all of that was on top of her regular all consuming job.

Jesse Shaffer – Teacher of the Year Award


This award is selected by students and recognizes a faculty member who students believe have effectively contributed the most to their success at the College. This teacher: fosters professional relationships with their students; has a patient, caring, kind demeanor; is a good listener; maintains knowledge of their students; is dedicated to student success; is engaged in student learning; stays current in industry career requirements; and assist students in meeting their full potential.

  • Jess is one of the nicest guys I know. He will help you with anything you ask.
  • Jess is so good at what he does — not only as an industry expert, but he is an amazing teacher.
  • Jess is pleasant, kind, smart, and cares about everyone he meets. Takes time to help whenever I need.
  • Jess is professional. He wants me to be successful. He is eager to help when I am struggling on a weld.
  • Jess is easy to talk to and wants all of his students to succeed. He encourages us to do our best.
  • When bringing potential students to his classroom, they are instantly welcomed and treated with kindness by Jess

Paul James – Presidential Award

This award celebrates those with a strong work ethic. The recipients provide solutions rather than problems to conversation. They are always willing to do the hardest things first. They find ways to work more efficiently and identify cost saving opportunities. They are also cheerfully and willingly engaged with their colleagues within and outside the College and they are always looking for ways to improve Bridgerland Technical College.

  • Paul created a the new Capital Improvement List for DFCM
  • When the Air Compressor for the Entire Main Campus building went out, he didn’t just fix the compressor. He worked with our friends at DFCM to solve a problem we have had with the compressor’s for as long as I can remember. Paul made arrangements to move the compressors so they wouldn’t be a noise hazard for our Culinary Arts program and created much needed space for the kitchen.
  • While our Administrative Team was working on updating policies including how to safely access the roof, Paul solved the problem by having DFCM put in a stairway to the roof. No more climbing dangerous ladders.
  • When most of the rest of us were required to work remotely because of Covid-19, Paul continued working in our buildings almost every day.
  • Paul managed the road construction in a way that balanced the needs of Bridgerland Technical College with the needs of the construction crew.
  • He arranged for the water, power, natural gas and sewer hookups for what we hope will be a new building one day so we won’t have to dig up the new road.
  • He worked with DFCM so the next phase of HVAC upgrades could go out to bid.
  • Paul took on a task to create and edit a 500 page document on Building Performance Standards. A task he didn’t do by himself but one that he not only managed but did much of the research and writing.
  • Every time the CVTD bus stop needed to be relocated due to construction, Paul made the arrangements because in his spare time, he serves on the Board for the CVTD.
  • He also negotiated the permanent location for pick up and drop off for the CVTD after construction is completed.