EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Career Services Specialist Cortney Ward

Cortney Ward, Career Services Specialist

Congratulations to September's Employee of the Month, Career Services Specialist Cortney Ward!

Ward was selected and nominated by his fellow employees because of his positive demeanor, approachability and willingness to assist students. He eagerly helps students who visit the Career Services office with their resumes and interview skills, and secures paid internships that match their career choice.

“I am honored that I was nominated,” Ward said. “I love what I do, so to be recognized is a good feeling. I feel really blessed and lucky to have the career that I’ve got.”

Ward has been with Career Services at Southwest for almost ten years. In addition to his role as a career services counselor, Ward is a paid internship coordinator tasked with building employer partnerships for the College, a job he enthusiastically embraces.

In nominating Ward, Career Services Director Brenda Williams said he is an enthusiastic and inclusive team player who treats everyone he encounters with dignity and respect. “He is a wonderful role model to our students and to our faculty,” Williams said. “His sincerity just comes through. Cortney is always ready and willing to do whatever the team needs – and it’s not always something in his area.”

Williams added that Ward’s tireless efforts to develop and launch a new paid internship program have resulted in students finding internships in their major, and several of them landing full-time jobs. “His professionalism when initiating and building employer partnerships is outstanding,” Williams said.

Do you know a colleague who is an outstanding employee?

Nominating them is easy. All full and part-time staff and administrative employees who have been employed at least six months are eligible. The achievements for which the employee is being recognized must have been accomplished within the last 60 days. Learn more about eligibility requirements and complete an Employee of the Month nomination form.

Each nominee is reviewed by a committee representing the Professional Administrative Staff Organization (PASO) and Support Staff Organization (SSO), in conjunction with the Department of Human Resources. Award winners receive free breakfast or lunch for a week from The Taste at Southwest, a reserved parking space of choice on his/her main campus for an entire calendar month (parking restrictions may apply) and are featured in the Southwest Scoop.

Special thanks to this month’s nominators for helping the College recognize the achievements of deserving employees.

Congratulations, Cortney!


Ward updates his paid internship marketing board at the Macon Cove Campus Saluqi HUB.

Cortney Ward and Brenda Williams