Story by Melissa Ibarra/Viking/Staff writer/@mm_ibarra

On a Friday afternoon, C.C. Sadler, LBCC’s first educational technologist in the Instructional Technology and Distance Learning area, talked about her nomination for Community College Classified Employee of the Year Award.

According to Sadlers employee profile, the Instructional Technology Development Center and Distance Learning Program (ITDL) at LBCC support faculty in the effort to integrate educational technology into the curriculum. The ITDC also supports faculty and staff as well as Distance Learning students with technology troubleshooting.

“I didn’t know anything about it,” Sadler said. She said she was told 15 minutes before the LBCC Board of Trustees announced her nomination.

Since 2009, the award annually recognizes five to eight California classified employees who are knowledgeable and motivated in the job, demonstrate the highest level of commitment to the college and beyond the local college institution, with a minimum of five years as a permanent employee.

When the Board nominated Sadler, Trustee Virginia Baxter expressed her affection for Sadler:

“I have known C.C. Sadler since she was 18 years old as a student. She found her niche, her artistic talent. Her computer talent goes above and beyond what employees are expected to do.”

Sadler attended LBCC from 1980-1982 where she was Associated Student Body vice president and in 2008 she graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Master’s in educational technician.

“It took me a really long time to gain confidence out of high school,” Sadler said and she explained her generation was looked down on if a student wanted to be an artist or musician.

Once at LBCC, Sadler met people in Student Affairs and mentors like Larry White, Art Department head and art professor, who showed her how to be an artist and graphic artist.

When she was hired in 1999, Sadler said, “it was hard to find people with the skills and training, especially women.”

“I was teaching PowerPoint in 3-4 workshops.”

Sadler has since been a resource for teachers, counselors, librarians, support staff and students.

Representative of Sustainability Shannon Trisler commented on Sadler’s nomination and said “C.C. has helped me for over two years making the flyers and advertising for all of my Sustainability efforts.”

Trisler explained Sadler creates a visual for students which helps Trisler promote the Sustainability committee.

In an email, Allison Murray, an English professor said when Sadler is working on an issue, she knows it will be solved promptly.

I’ve often popped into her office with a technical question. Every mundane question is treated with respect,” Murray added.

Now, Sadler is interested in the direction of higher education and technology and she spoke enthusiastically about the current college culture. “It’s on an upswing,” she said.  

Sadler talked after her weekend in San Francisco at The League for Innovation Conference, which is the only organization focused solely on the Community College institution.

Camille Bolton, current Student Life coordinator said, “C.C. has helped me in every way possible.”  In an email, Bolton said, Sadler helps with her graphic design talent and her technological support and her love for students.

Off campus, Sadler spends time with her sister and nephew and said she has a tight-knit family.

She’s part of a calligraphy guild workshop and would like to teach cursive in an after-school program some day. She is also an adviser for scholarships and attends calligraphy events when she can.