The Center for Professional Enrichment

VISION

To inspire, empower, and unite a community of learners.

MISSION

Provide leadership, support, and guidance through a continuum of strategic enrichment opportunities for all faculty, staff and administrators as they discover, explore, implement and evaluate practices that lead to success and unity.

CORE VALUES

LEARNING: We value learning that balances theory and practice, develops critical thinking, emphasizes active learning, and fosters responsibility and the desire for the lifelong pursuit of knowledge.

INNOVATION: We value creativity, a passion for exploration and a forward-looking approach to produce the highest-quality outcomes in all endeavors.

RESPECT: We believe respect is essential to building the relationships that are critical to success and optimizing the talents of our workforce.

DIVERSITY: We value cultural, individual, and role differences by creating a supportive, inclusive and affirming climate for all; we are guided by the principle that celebrating diversity enriches the lives of all people.

GOAL: RESPECT

Recognize diverse achievements and contributions of employees.

Educate employees to improve their job performance and service to students.

Support employees in personal and professional development goals.

Promote positive employee morale through an equitable environment of learning, teamwork, communication, and inclusion.

Engage employees in meaningful dialogue, data-driven practices, and continual improvement.

Collaborate with campus constituents to anticipate and address the needs of the College.

Transform learning experiences through professional development opportunities that align with best practice.

The Center for Professional Enrichment team is here for you. Please reach out to us if you need assistance with locating resources or if you would like to suggest, attend, or lead a workshop. We aim to meet your needs and be a resource for all employees at TCC.

Summer Dusek, Director of CPE | (850) 201-6209 | washinsu@tcc.fl.edu

Summer started with TCC in 2016. She directs CPE’s efforts and also teaches psychology and student success courses at the College as an adjunct professor. Summer has over ten years of higher education experience in both administrative and faculty capacities, including serving as Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences at another institution. In addition, she has over eight years of practice and administration experience, primarily in a Mental Health, Addictive Diseases, and Developmental Disabilities hospital. Aside from her professional experience, she enjoys time with her fur babies, family, and anything outdoors. Building and fostering healthy relationships amongst others is a primary focus for Summer, as she believes in the value of collaboration for personal and institutional growth. Summer is completing a doctoral degree in public administration at Valdosta State University, and holds a master’s degree in clinical and counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from VSU.

Dr. Michele Dames, Assistant Director | (850) 201-8362 | damesm@tcc.fl.edu

Michele is an experienced educator and information technology professional who is committed to higher education and loves serving the college community. She is passionate about helping others continue to work towards their goals through professional development opportunities. Previously, Michele was an instructional designer at Austin Community College and part of the Teaching and Technology Team at The University of South Carolina. She has extensive college teaching experience in the areas of art, graphic design, digital photography, web development and the first-year experience for students transitioning to college. Michele is a creative thinker who holds degrees in art and a doctorate in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina. She is a proud volunteer mentor and member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend.

Justin Adams, Communications Specialist | (850) 201-6204 | adamsju@tcc.fl.edu

Justin joined the Center for Professional Enrichment team in 2018 after working at TCC for four years as a writer and traditional media relations specialist in the Office of Communications and Marketing, and for three years as an adjunct professor in the Division of Communications and Humanities. He also served as an assistant coach of the nationally-recognized TCC Forensics Team for five years. Justin creates and edits a variety of deliverables promoting CPE’s mission, and manages internal communications, social media and web content. Originally from Illinois, Justin holds a master's degree in integrated marketing and management communication from Florida State University, and a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University.

Melissa Hyden, Office Manager | (850) 201-6086 | hydenm@tcc.fl.edu

Melissa began with TCC in 2014 as a part-time employee and moved into full-time with CPE in 2015. She is also an alumna of TCC, earning her Associate of Arts degree from the College. A native of Tallahassee, Melissa is the senior employee in CPE and possesses a wealth of knowledge as she has the unique perspective of one who has been a student, part-time employee, and full-time employee at TCC. With over 15 years of experience in office management, she is well-versed in logistics and is a critical asset on a wide variety of projects. In her time away from the office, Melissa enjoys being outdoors, usually somewhere on the water where she can bask in the sun and relax.