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Germanna dean earns leadership award

Germanna Community College announced that Dean Martha O’Keefe was honored last week with a leadership award at the University of Mary Washington. Below are details from Germanna.GCC CENTER FOR WORKFORCE’S O’KEEFE WINS WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP AWARD

Martha O’Keefe

Germanna Community College Dean Martha O’Keefe received the Patricia Lacey Metzger Award during the 19th annual Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women  Nov. 8 at the University of Mary Washington.

 O’Keefe, 54, is Dean of Workforce and Professional Development at the Germanna Center for Workforce and Community Education. She has held the position for 11 years.

 The Metzger Award honors those who “uphold high standards in their personal and professional lives while fulfilling a career goal of significant nature.” 

The GCC Center for Workforce and Community Education provides noncredit professional development training and services. 

 O’Keefe oversees a  range of professional development courses and programs, primarily in the areas of IT, business professional, construction and industry, and health care.  She is involved in developing new courses in the areas of intelligence and homeland security, including cyber security, to meet the current demands of employers across Germanna’s service region, which includes the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Orange, King George, Caroline and Madison. 

“It’s an opportunity to directly impact the lives of others,” O’Keefe said of her work, “by opening doors and possibilities that might otherwise have been closed to them.”

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