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For release: 07/15/04
Release #: 04-187  

NASA Marshall Center's Amanda Bryan named Alabama's 2004 'Co-Op Of The Year' by state association of colleges & employers

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Amanda Bryan, a former student in the Marshall Center’s Cooperative Education Program, has been named 2004 "Co-op of the Year" by the Alabama Association of Colleges & Employers. The co-op program allows students to combine academic study with paid career-related work experience, alternating periods of classroom study with work at NASA centers.

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Amanda Bryan, a former student in the Cooperative Education Program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been named 2004 "Co-op of the Year" by the Alabama Association of Colleges & Employers.

Bryan , a Cleveland, Ala., native, joined the Marshall Center in 2003 as a co-op in the Protocol Office. After receiving her college degree this year, she was hired as a civil servant management support assistant. Assigned to the Marshall Center's Protocol Office, Bryan assists with special guest visits and events, maintains the office calendar, schedules meetings and events, and coordinates travel arrangements.

"Working at the Marshall Center as part of the co-op program gave me an opportunity to work with a great staff of professionals," said Bryan. "And interacting with the diverse collection of visitors to the Marshall Center was one of the features that made my co-op position something I looked forward to doing each day."

"Amanda brings great skill and professional ability to our office, and we are lucky to have her as part of our team," said Sandra Turner, protocol officer for the Marshall Center. "The award is well deserved and an indication of her hard work and commitment to her job."

The NASA Cooperative Education Program allows students to combine academic study with paid career-related work experience, alternating periods of classroom study with work at NASA centers. Students enroll in the cooperative education program at their schools and are referred to a NASA center by the school's cooperative education administrator. The program provides students with full-time work directly related to their field of study, and allows them to gain a better understanding of human relations.

"At the Marshall Center, we're lucky to attract some of the best and brightest to our co-op program," said Chrissa Hall, coordinator of Marshall's Cooperative Education Program. "Their work experience, coupled with their classroom curriculum, help develop students to enter the professional world after graduation. Whether a student's field of study is science, engineering, management or other related fields, the co-op program helps cultivate a student's skills for the professional environment."

The Co-op of the Year Award is given annually by the Alabama Association of Colleges & Employers to recognize outstanding achievement in a student's field of study. Founded in 1987, the association is a professional alliance of representatives from schools, career service groups and employers throughout the state. It provides information about opportunities available to students and graduates and promotes high work standards and ethical practices.

Bryan was recently presented with a plaque highlighting her achievement. She was presented the award by Darlene Huff, acting coordinator of the co-op program at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala. — Bryan's alma mater.

A graduate of Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Ala., Bryan earned an associate degree in secretarial sciences from Wallace State in 2004. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, which recognizes academic achievement of students at two-year colleges. She recently placed third for the Two-Year College Student Achievement Award presented by the Cooperative Education and Internship Association, a national organization providing professional development and resources to students involved in co-op programs. The award honors students who strive for academic and professional excellence in classroom and internship environments.

Bryan is the daughter of Allan and Susan Bryan of Cleveland, Ala.

For more information on the Marshall Center Cooperative Education Program, visit the Web site:

http://coop.msfc.nasa.gov

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