Congratulations to the 2016 Edna V. Folger Outstanding Teacher

Mike Riley of C4 – Columbus Area Career Connection

Following a 30 year career at Cummins, Mike combined his love of electronics and love of students into a second career teaching for C4. He is a natural born educator who designs authentic learning experiences for his students. Mike facilitates collaborative projects with other departments like science, history, graphic arts, and construction where his students apply their electronics knowledge while also learning project management, teamwork, and presentation skills. Mike’s high-energy classroom involves students of all learning styles and ability levels and sometimes includes first-, second-, and third-year students working together. Outside the classroom, Mike facilitates opportunities for students to apply their skills in activities like FIRST Robotics and the Solar Car competition. His students recently won the national Battle Bots IQ Robotics competition. Mike’s electronics students design the popular holiday musical lights display each year which benefits Love Chapel. Mike’s program is recognized for excellence throughout the state of Indiana and has recently expanded to include multiple pathways like Internet Infrastructure and Servers and Security. His popular electronics program has an impressive 100% re-enrollment rate.

The Folger award was presented as a part of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on March 2, 2016.  Mr. Riley received an inscribed clock, a monetary gift from Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, and his name will be added to a plaque in the Columbus Learning Center listing all previous Folger Award winners.

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