February 24, 2011


Dr. Mike Kennamer Named Outstanding Educator

Dr. Mike Kennamer, who serves as Director of Workforce Development and Skills Training at Northeast Alabama Community College, was recently named ”Educator of the Year” by the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce. Kennamer, who lives in Henagar with his wife, Trisha, and their sons, is a product of Alabama’s Community College System, having earned an Associate in Science degree from Snead State Community College and a Bachelor of Science from Athens State University. He also earned a Master of Public Administration from Jacksonville State University and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from The University of Alabama.

Since joining the NACC faculty in 1990, Dr. Kennamer has served in several capacities, including instructor, program director, business and industry director, and division chair. In 2005 current NACC President Dr. David Campbell selected Kennamer as the college’s instructional officer for career/technical programs. In this capacity at Northeast, Kennamer has played a key role in the college’s addition of 6 new degree programs, 11 certificate programs, and 13 short-term, non-credit programs. Since 2008-09, Kennamer working through Northeast has secured and administered in excess of $2 million in grants for workforce development and job training programs, much of this funding provided through the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.

Dr. Mike Kennamer
Dr. Mike Kennamer, Director of Workforce Development and Skills Training

 “Since the early 2000s we at Northeast have sought to expand the college’s role in workforce development and job training,” Campbell stated. “Dr. Kennamer has been centrally instrumental in providing the leadership that we have needed in our plan to expand this part of our mission at Northeast and consequently better serve students and the community.”

As he accepted the award at the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce banquet, Kennamer noted, “If I have had any measure of success or accomplished anything noteworthy, it is because I have a great team of people with which to work. Dr. David Campbell, our president at Northeast, has been tremendously supportive of workforce development and has provided me the incredible opportunity to be a part of his team.” Kennamer recognized the NACC employees attending the banquet and stated, “Our entire administration, faculty and staff work very hard to help our students succeed and I am blessed to be a part of the Northeast family.”