KCC professor earns ‘Medal for Excellence’

LIHUE — Gordon Talbo, a professor of automotive technology at Kauai Community College, was honored with the University of Hawaii Regents’ “Medal for Excellence in Teaching” on Thursday.

Talbo is one of 18 University of Hawaii faculty members selected as recipients of the teaching medal. He has 15 years of work experience after starting his career at Honolulu Community College before coming to KCC. 

Having taught nearly a dozen courses such as ignition systems, engine performance and suspension and steering, Talbo’s 21 years of experience as a teacher led him to become an integral aid as a program developer for automotive students.

The Medal for Excellence in Teaching recognizes faculty that exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values beneficial to students.

As a grant writer Talbo acquired new equipment, specialty tools, vehicles and training aids to build the program to industry standards.

As a National Automotive Technician Education Foundation coordinator, he prepared the program for certification and documented all national standards that allowed Kauai CC to become NATEF certified.

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