Employee of the Year Award

Congratulations Classified Employee Of The Year 2018 - 19

Christine Swanson


As a one-person-show in her Division, Christine Swanson is responsible for the oversight of several departments. Christine handles any and all tasks brought before her with a cheerfulness and exuberance not often seen in other divisions. Working on schedule and handling payroll and timecards should be enough to tire anyone out, but she finds the time and energy to handle all of the requests of the faculty who wouldn't be able to function without her knowledge, expertise, and time management skills. In addition, she helps out with all of the special events and projects of her department and can be seen supporting the entire division and school by attending several related division events, fundraising events, and dance productions.

Christine cheerfully assists her department in their fundraising events and special student recognition events, stepping up to take on leadership roles especially when others decline. This Classified Staff member has an excellent grasp of the larger picture, knowing what needs to get done in order for the division and the departments to find success, and she works hard to ensure that these departments and the students affected get the best experience possible. And her positive energy is contagious. Her division would likely be in dire straits if it wasn't for all of the extra work she puts into making our division great!

One of her Managers expresses: "I honestly don’t know how our department would operate without her. Christine has her hands in just about everything, is extremely hard working and efficient, very well organized, and is ALWAYS willing to help! Her division is not an easy one to work with as it has many moving parts with all the various types of classes, yet she truly manages to juggle all her duties and more; even organizes many events. Christine probably gets interrupted 100 times a day, yet still manages to get it all done. I am sincere when I say, I don’t know how she does it all! And I cannot stress enough her genuine care and kindness through it all. She’s the best!"

Please join us in congratulating Christine Swanson as the Saddleback College Classified Employee of the Year!

2018-2019 Classified Employee Information



Online Nomination Form is NOW Closed

2017-18 Employee of the Year Award flyer


The Employee of the Year Award Program recognizes and rewards exemplary performance by Saddleback College employees based both on performance of their responsibilities as outlined in their position description and on their specific contributions to the mission, goals, values, and strategic plan of the College.


All permanent full-time and part-time Saddleback College Classified Staff are eligible.

A recipient of the Employee of the Year award is eligible to apply or be nominated again in three years after receiving an award. Nominees are not eligible to serve on the selection committee during the year of their own nomination unless they agree to voluntarily withdraw their nomination.


The Employee of the Year award will be given annually and announced on or near spring break typically during "Classified Day."


Staff may be nominated by other SOCCCD employees, the community, students and/or fellow staff and/or faculty members, or by self-nomination.


The recipient of the Employee of the Year award will receive a minimum $250 cash from Foundation funds, a free VIP one-year parking pass, a PIO news release recognizing Employee of the Year, and a desk award equal to that of other award recipients on campus. Additionally, the recipient's name will be memorialized with past Employee of the Year's on a plaque in the Administration building.


A link to the Nomination form will be sent permanent employees via email by the beginning of the 1st week of February and will be available online at the Classified Senate website - www.saddleback.edu/csenate/. Other materials used to support the employee's nomination: individual accomplishments, abilities and values should match the College's vision, mission, values, and strategic plan. The College's strategic plan can be found on the Planning and Research website – www.saddleback.edu/opra/sp/.


The deadline for nominations is March 1. Incomplete nomination forms and/or forms received after the deadline will not be eligible for review.


The Employee Award Selection Taskforce will be a group with annual appointments made up of three (3) to five (5) Saddleback employees as ratified by the entire Classified Senate. The committee will include:

  • Previous Employee of the Year award recipient
  • Minimum of one part-time staff member
  • Classified Staff member
  • Classified Staff member
  • Classified Staff member
  • 1st Vice President of Classified Senate will be the non-scoring chair of the committee.

The committee will submit the EOY winner to the College President based on scores. In the case of a tie, two (2) recipients can be selected as winners if the consensus of the committee makes the recommendation.

PLEASE NOTE: Multiple nominations will be accepted into the scoring process. For example, multiple nominations for one individual will be reviewed and then an average final score will submitted to the committee chair. The committee will be formed and hold an orientation meeting at the end of February, schedule permitting.