GTCC INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES N.C. GOVERNOR AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOV. 3, 2016

L J Rush (Carla Kucinski/GTCC)

L J Rush (Carla Kucinski/GTCC)

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — L J Rush, a culinary arts and hospitality management instructor at Guilford Technical Community College, has received one of the highest honors bestowed by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

Rush received the Old North State Award, which recognizes those who demonstrate outstanding public service to the State of North Carolina and the community. The award is granted to public servants who serve North Carolina’s communities and who have devoted their lives to ensuring the needs of citizens are addressed for at least 25 years.

Rush received the award during a departmental meeting Wednesday morning at GTCC. His reaction was a mix of shock and disbelief. He was humbled by the recognition and stated that serving his students and the community comes naturally to him.

“It’s in my blood,” Rush said. “I believe that when I started in my culinary career, I had help from others, from my mentors, my teachers, and my family. I want to make sure that anyone who has roadblocks in their way, such as money, or anything that would inhibit them from achieving their goals, I want to make sure there is someone like me to boost their spirits and let them know that they can make it.”

Days, nights and weekends, Rush works tirelessly to serve the needs of his students and to train the next generation of chefs and hospitality industry workers. Throughout the year, he provides volunteer opportunities for his students to give back to the community, gain experience and showcase their talents. Rush doesn’t think twice about it; it’s just what he does.

Rush has been an instructor at GTCC since 2002. During that time he’s received the GTCC Teaching Innovation Award (2004) and completed the GTCC President’s Academy for Leadership and Development (2011).

In the community, he was awarded Chef of the Year (2003 and 2010) and the Franklin Beal Community Service Award (2004 and 2009) from the Triad Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. He’s also received the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Team Award for his work through the ACF’s Chef and Child Program, which he’s participated in for the past 13 years.

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program Director Albert Schmid (right) presents Culinary and Hospitality Management instructor, L J Rush, with the Old North State Award on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at GTCC.  (Carla Kucinski/GTCC)

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program Director Albert Schmid (right) presents Culinary and Hospitality Management instructor, L J Rush, with the Old North State Award on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at GTCC. (Carla Kucinski/GTCC)

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program Director Albert Schmid (right) presents Culinary and Hospitality Management instructor, L J Rush, with the Old North State Award on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at GTCC.  (Carla Kucinski/GTCC)

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program Director Albert Schmid (right) presents Culinary and Hospitality Management instructor, L J Rush, with the Old North State Award on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at GTCC. (Carla Kucinski/GTCC)

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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— Carla Kucinski