CCBC's Michael Tan honored by The Arc Baltimore as professional of the year

May 11, 2016

Michael W. Tan, director of the Center for Alternative and Supported Education – ACCESS at the Community College of Baltimore County, received the Thomas Ferciot Memorial Award as Professional of the Year at The Arc Baltimore Annual Meeting and Awards Reception held May 4 at the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore.

“I have the utmost respect for The Arc Baltimore and its staff. They have such a strong commitment to quality services and care,” remarked Tan upon receiving this honor.

For more than 40 years, CCBC’s Center for Alternative and Supported Education – ACCESS has worked directly with agencies, such as The Arc Baltimore, serving adults with developmental, emotional, and physical disabilities. It currently offers more than 30 classes to agency clients/students including:
  • Basic academic skills (e.g., math and reading),
  • Job skills and vocational readiness, self-discovery and expression (e.g., art therapy, music therapy, sewing, pottery), and
  • Life skills (e.g. basic living skills, community living skills, computer skills, decision making, anger management, stress management, analytic skills and decision making).
According to The Arc Baltimore’s 2015 Annual Report, 527 individuals received day services at one of their six locations that year. In partnership with The Arc Baltimore for the past five years, CCBC’s Center for Alternative and Supported Education – ACCESS has held classes at all of their locations as well as on CCBC campuses and extension centers.

“Two years ago, we pulled an old class title, “Assertiveness Training,” updated it and marketed it to our clients. The Arc Baltimore (Seton location) was the first to pick up the class,” remarks Tan. “Before the first trimester was over, I received a message from the program coordinator complimenting the instructor and remarking on how much more self-assured and confident the students were. People outside of the class had noticed the difference.”

Tan, a Baltimore City resident, has been the director of the Center for Alternative and Supported Education – ACCESS at the Community College of Baltimore County since 2012. “To see the looks on students’ faces in class and to hear how they have grown as adults through our classes is priceless,” he remarks. Prior to that, he taught as an adjunct for two years with CCBC’s Single Step program (Civics; Rights and Responsibilities under the ADA; Basic Psychology; Interpersonal Communication Skills; Vocational, Social and Communication Skills).

He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University (1986), a Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee School of Law (1989), a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland (2006) and a Master’s in Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary (2007). He is also a Certified Program Planner (2014), LERN (Learning Resources Network).

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