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Timmins engineering prof recognized for teaching excellence

Mary-Anne Church has taught at Northern College for more than 20 years
Northern College professor Mary-Anne Church (front, fourth from left) receives the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists for more than 20 years of dedicated work helping students find meaningful employment within the field of engineering technology. (Supplied photo)

A Timmins college professor has been recognized with provincial accolades for her work educating young engineering students.

Mary-Anne Church, a professor in Northern College’s engineering department, has been named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

OACETT is the governing body that certifies Ontario’s engineering and applied science technicians and technologists.

A member of Northern College’s engineering faculty for more than two decades, Church has helped guide thousands of young engineering technology students through their studies, providing them with the tangible industry connections they need to develop a meaningful career within the engineering technology sector.

“I’ve worked to build community between our students as they go through their studies and the professional community they hope to become a part of when they graduate,” Church said in a news release.

“This has been such an important part of their training because it does several things at once: makes their future more tangible, serves as a motivator for them, and demonstrates the connection between their training and the professional world they intend to work within.”

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While not a trained engineer, Church helps guide students entering the field, including organizing networking events to bring together students and private industry, providing connections for potential future work.

Church and other winners were celebrated during OACETT’s annual black-tie gala in Toronto on Nov. 8.