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John Bannister of Metropolitan College Receives National Treasure Award


John Bannister, Metropolitan College‘s instructional designer, received the 2016 National Treasure Award for his dedication and support to nontraditional students. The presentation, “ANTSHE at JCSU,” highlighted the progress of the organization and the impact that it has had on JCSU’s nontraditional student population.

John is a member of the Smith Institute’s STAR Research Mentor Group and ensures nontraditional students’ viewpoints are considered in all of our decision making.

Metropolitan College students April Edwards, Earlee Corbin and advisors Gwendolyn Devins and John Bannister presented at the Association of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) conference in Dearborn, Michigan. This year’s conference was the first time Johnson C. Smith representatives presented. During the conference, Metropolitan College received recognition as a Nontraditional Student-Friendly College for its commitment to providing a student-centric learning environment for adult learners.

ANTSHE’s mission is to provide scholarship opportunities, academic resources, and motivational support for non-traditional students, and to celebrate, and to build on the network of faculty, administrators, and advisers that work with and inspire non-traditional students to succeed.

John Bannister enjoys attending the annual conference because it gives him an opportunity to work with people really committed to nontraditional and adult student success. For more about ANTSHE, check out their website.


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