Tech Ed coordinator honored with regional teaching award

12/8/2016 12:02:48 PM

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Mark Bosworth - Emerson Teaching Award

Southwestern Illinois College Industrial Technology Coordinator Mark Bosworth has a lot to be proud of after receiving the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award was presented to him recently at a ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton, Mo. It highlights his success as a both a teacher and a mentor.

“It’s nice to get this award because of all the hard work that Technical Education does and has done over the years to bring our students here,” Bosworth said. 

The award is given annually by the Emerson Electric Co. Foundation in recognition of the work done by more than 100 regional teachers, from kindergarten to college-level, as examples of excellence in education.

In addition to being program coordinator, Bosworth teaches classes in all areas in the Precision Machining program, which includes manual machining, computer numerical control (CNC) program and MasterCam programming, and some courses for Industrial Maintenance Mechanics.

“My philosophy is to make sure everyone is doing things properly and right and are learning from what they’re doing,” he said. “I do that by moseying around the shops and engaging with my students myself.”

This year has been even better for Bosworth. Earlier this year, he was chosen as the SWIC Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year for 2016.

Before joining SWIC in 2008, Bosworth taught at Ranken Technical College for 12 years and was a machinist for 11 years for five companies in the St. Louis area.

Additionally, Bosworth has a master’s degree in Adult Education and Administration from Jones International University and a bachelor’s degree in Management from National-Louis University.

He’s also a member of the National Tooling and Machining Association and Skills USA.

Bosworth lives in Belleville with his wife, Sue, and their daughter, Emily. 

“I like to work with students, see them grow, and help them receive an education to provide for their families and their futures,” Bosworth said. “This puts a stamp on it to show that I’m doing good things here, I think.”