CSM Receives Two Alliance for Workplace Excellence Awards

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College is Seven-Time Recipient

The College of Southern Maryland received two awards from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) at its annual awards ceremony June 1 in Bethesda where 67 Washington, D.C.-area organizations and more than 600 business executives gathered. A seven-time Workplace Excellence Award recipient, CSM added a 2009 Health and Wellness Trailblazers Award this year.

CSM is one of 61 organizations receiving the Workplace Excellence Award and one of 33 companies to receive the Health and Wellness Trailblazers Award.

“Our employees prove their dedication to the college and the community every day whether it is through the extra care and time they give our students, or in their involvement in community causes and projects,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. “As an organization, we want to support and encourage this kind of excellence in our employees by providing a positive work environment. We are very gratified that our efforts are recognized through the Workplace Excellence Award.”

 “We take every opportunity to celebrate employees and their accomplishments,” said CSM Director of Human Resources Denise Bailey Clark, adding that the CSM Board of Trustees and President's Council come together with employees to foster that support.

The Workplace Excellence and Health & Wellness Trailblazer Awards highlight organizations that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, at home and in the community.  All award applicants undergo a rigorous assessment process led by an independent review panel of professors, PhD professionals, and doctoral candidates in business, industrial and organizational psychology, and human resources.  Workplace Excellence and Health & Wellness Trailblazer award winners demonstrated equal merit in supportive corporate culture and management practices, family and employee friendly policies and practices, strong employee health and wellness initiatives, comprehensive growth and learning opportunities, and demonstration of corporate social responsibility and employee volunteerism.

            For information on employment opportunities at CSM, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Employment/.

            A regionally accredited community college that provides programs and services with a special focus on local workforce development to maintain and grow a healthy economy and community, the College of Southern Maryland is a two-time silver level recipient of the Maryland Performance Excellence Award. CSM, founded in 1958, is the fifth largest community college in Maryland with campuses in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. For information about CSM, call 301-934-7765 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7765 or visit www.csmd.edu.


The Alliance for Workplace Excellence provides a portfolio of services that allow employers to build excellent places to work.  Recognizing existing Excellent Places to Work, Health & Wellness Trailblazers and EcoLeaders throughout the mid-Atlantic region is one component of the Alliance’s mission. The Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Montgomery County, Maryland, and Discovery Communications, Inc.