Michael Dixon Named 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient

Posted: Jan 19, 2018

The NC Community College System announced Surry Community College's Lead Welding Instructor Michael Dixon as the winner of the Excellence in Teaching award at its Jan. 19 meeting.

Since joining Surry's faculty in August 2013, Dixon has helped transform the college's welding program. During his tenure, the number of students in the program has grown from 12 to 100, and the college now has a state-of-art welding facility.

In addition, welding students' completion rate has increased; for the 2016-17 academic year, the diploma retention rate reached a high of 72.72 percent and certificate retention was 79.6 percent. Dixon also is active in the community. Paralyzed as the result of an accident nearly 25 years ago, he volunteers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, helping others who have suffered spinal cord injuries and amputations.

"We are extremely proud of Mr. Dixon's accomplishments. The love he has for his program and students are evident in the enthusiasm and level of expertise that he presents inside and outside of the classroom on a daily basis," said SCC President Dr. David Shockley. 

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