Julie Fenning Receives MnSCU Outstanding Service Award

Northland Community & Technical College staff member, Julie Fenning, was recognized with an Outstanding Service Award in April 2016. Her award recognized her tireless work and dedication within facilities management, specifically including areas such as environmental and safety compliance, emergency management and campus safety. She was one of eight MnSCU employees to receive the award.

“This award quantifies the significant, positive outcomes that came during her time as Director of Safety,” said Bob Gooden, Director of Facilities. "It is proof of Julie's hard work and dedication to creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone at NCTC,” he added. She played a pivotal role in producing in-house Employee Right to Know training videos that incorporated NCTC staff and tasteful humor, implemented a multi-campus safety and emergency management program, and enhanced the overall safety of NCTC campuses and across MnSCU.

As Director of Safety, she worked with the system office to pioneer new and creative methods to enhance safety and campus security. Often volunteering to be a pilot for concept programs, she led NCTC to become known as a leader within MnSCU in campus safety. Fenning said, “When I started in this position at NCTC, safety compliance was just beginning to be discussed. While general safety was always important, the multifaceted requirements of a safety management program had not been addressed. Working alongside leadership that saw the value in these efforts, we went to work to develop a multi-campus safety management program and led the college through the implementation process.”

Vice President of Administrative Services Shannon Jesme added, “Nine years ago, a single training was required by employees and a safety inspection was conducted every two years. Today we all know it is very different! She has worked diligently to create a safety program that is recognized as one of the best in the system, and for that we are grateful.”

As campus safety continues to be in the spotlight, people like Fenning will always fill a vital role. Fenning concluded, “NCTC is a safer place today, and I am honored to be receiving an award for playing a part in that process. It is a great feeling to have your hard work not only appreciated, but also acknowledged and celebrated.” Creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere is paramount to student success and outstanding employees like Fenning will continue to make NCTC a better place to work and learn.

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.