January Employee of the Month

January Employee of the Month
Melissa Deskins is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, January Employee of the Month. Deskins graduated from Southern with two Associate’s Degrees in Applied Science. She joined the staff of the Mining Academy as part time Administrative Assistant. In August 2012 she became a full time employee. She remained at the Academy until October 2013. She is now an Account Assistant in Finance. She describes her job as having the responsibility of processing invoices for payment. But it isn’t always as simple as it sounds. “The part I like most about my job is the teamwork, communication and all the duties my job consists of. I like how busy my job is and how I look forward to learning new things that will help our department. I am truly blessed to be part of the Finance Department,” she said. Deskins says her greatest challenge is realizing when to quit. “I cannot stand to leave my office knowing I have something to do and learning all the policies and procedures that is required for processing.” She adds that working at the college also allowed her to finish her degrees. Deskins describes it as one of her greatest accomplishments while working here. Away from the college Deskins is actively involved in the Cedar Coal Fair for area students and their projects at the Larry Joe Harless Center. She also volunteers her time to the Tug Valley Mining Institute. Her hobbies include; traveling, reading, shopping, being outdoors, baking, spending time with family and running her own catering business. Married for 18 years to her high school sweetheart, they are the proud parents of three children. When asked how she felt being named employee of the month Deskins said, “I am truly honored to be named Employee of the Month. This means so much to me because I love my job and what I do. I take pride in my job and look forward to coming to work. I appreciate this wonderful recognition. I am blessed to be a part of the Southern family.”
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