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Ward Tabbed for January Staff Honor

January 29, 2016

College of Western Idaho (CWI) is happy to recognize Josee Ward as CWI’s January Staff of the Month recipient.

Ward is an academic advisor with Advising and New Student Services. She has been with CWI for six years. She started as a One Stop Specialist before moving to Student Enrichment. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Lewis-Clark State College and is currently working on a master’s in Organizational Learning and Performance Management at Idaho State University.

Ward exhibits the Core Values, Serving all in an Atmosphere of Caring and Acting with Integrity. Her nominations noted “Josee is dedicated to CWI. She works early, late, whenever and wherever she needs to in order to help students and her fellow co-workers. She knows her students' struggles and successes. She takes time to follow up with students when needed and is a great advocate when needed for students. She is a mentor to those around her. She takes time to educate without making the person feel foolish for asking the question. She is a team player. She shows she cares for others and is thoughtful in action and deed. She does many projects and tasks without getting noticed or recognized but does so because she knows it makes a difference in the student’s life. Josee represents all of CWI's Core Values and makes CWI stand out among other schools one student at a time. Josee is a true gem and rock in CWI’s foundation.”

Another coworker wrote, “Josee definitely lives up to CWI’s Core Value, Caring. She is thoughtful, big hearted, and caring to students, community members, and her peers.”

Family is very important to her. Although it is just her immediate family, Ward loves visiting small town Idaho to see her parents. Her dad lives in Hamer in the solar home he built. She recalls having many adventures growing up there. Her mom lives in the next town over and she always gets volunteered to help her in preschool. Ward's younger sister Katee and her are great friends and like finding new local places to eat and take quick trips out of town to Garden Valley. Garden Valley is her home away from home- a relaxing getaway to see good friends and ride horses. She is a huge Mickey Mouse fan and has been a collector for over fifteen years.

Please join us in congratulating Josee on this award