By BRYAN THAO WORRA
AAP staff writer
FULLERTON, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2012) — California State University-Fullerton recently named Dr. Ketmani Kouanchao, Ed.D., as one of its Honor An Educator Scholarship recipients on Oct. 25. The award recognized her studies in community college leadership. The annual Autumn Awards program was held at the Meiridan Club in Fullerton.
Dr. Kouanchao currently serves as Director of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education programs at Mt. San Jacinto Community College in San Jacinto, California. Additionally, she blogs at the Twin Cities Daily Planet and other community service activities across the country.
Kouanchao is an advocate for the inclusion of communities of color, and is known for her passion encouraging academic and lifelong success through well-developed student support programs.
The celebration was attended by over 100 students, families, friends and college staff and faculty who also awarded other scholarships from the College of Education that year. Part of the mission of the College of Education at CSU-Fullerton is to teach, to serve, and to engage in scholarship. They “teach our students to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners.”
“I was drawn to CSU-Fullerton because I deeply respect their mission and commitment to diversity and their high standards,” Kouanchao said. “I’m deeply honored to be recognized by this award, and I look forward to the future ahead.”
The Honor An Educator Scholarship was established by donors connected to CSU-Fullerton. The scholarships are funded by alumni and friends of the college to show appreciation to educators who make a difference in the lives of others.
Born in the city of Savannakhet, Laos, Kouanchao grew up in Laos. Her essay addressed her family experience as refugees and the meaning of education in their lives to create opportunities. Her mother instilled a sense of potential that came through a person’s commitment to learning and community service.
Kouanchao’s said her future studies would likely examine the challenges particular to young women who are the first in their families to attend college.