Celebrating NTC Faculty and Staff at Annual Employee Recognition Celebration

All honorees at the NTC Employee Recognition Celebration.

All honorees at the NTC Employee Recognition Celebration.

Northwest Technical College recognized one retiring employee, along with three employees reaching length-of-service milestones and the college’s annual employee award winners, at a May 3 celebration on campus.

Susan Sutton, medical administrative assistant faculty, retired from NTC with 10 years of service.

NTC’s annual employee Awards of Excellence include the Spirit of NTC, Outstanding Contribution, Excellence in Teaching and Distinguished Service awards. This year’s winners are:

  • Spirit of NTC Award (individual) – Shane Jensen, IT Specialist/HelpDesk
  • Spirit of NTC Award (team) – NTC Nursing Accreditation Team
  • Outstanding Contribution Award – Sandy Thole, nursing lab assistant
  • Excellence in Teaching Award – Brenda Henriksen, nursing faculty
  • Distinguished Service Award – Sue Sutton, medical administrative assistant faculty

The Spirit of NTC Award recognizes individuals or teams whose positive attitude and infectious enthusiasm embody the Spirit of NTC through active support of students, student-athletes, co-workers and community members. The Outstanding Contribution Award is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond expectations to contribute to areas of student success, civic engagement, diversity, sustainability and/or public service. The Excellence in Teaching Award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated teaching excellence through evidence of exceptional learning outcomes and quality student advising. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a faculty or staff member who has been at NTC for at least five years with an ongoing record of superlative performance and professional excellence combined with significant personal impact in the areas of student success, civic engagement, diversity, sustainability and/or public service.

The three NTC employees recognized with Years of Service awards were:

  • 10 years – Shawnette Newhouse, distance Minnesota
  • 15 years – Sandy Thole, nursing lab assistant
  • 30 years – Doreen Kuhrke, administrative assistant


Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, is an open, inviting technological learning organization. For more than 40 years, the college has valued life-long learning and the worth and dignity of all people. The college serves 900 students with a high-quality education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. NTC offers nearly 60 degree, diploma and certificate programs in areas such as business, health, human and protective services and environmental and industrial technology. Classes are offered on the Bemidji campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit ntcmn.edu.