Employee Recognition Program 

The Professional Development Committee and the Recognition Subcommittee coordinate ELAC’s Faculty and Staff Recognition Program every year.  Four ELAC employees were recognized for their outstanding commitment to our campus, students, and community.  Their peers nominated them because of their strong work ethic, outstanding service to our campus and students, inspirational leadership, continued excellence, and overall spirit.


Here are the names of this year’s awardees for each award:


Distinguished Faculty Award

(Full-Time Faculty Recognition) 


Mari Betancourt PicMaria Betancourt is an Assistant Professor of E.S.L., and her passion is to motivate and to mentor students to achieve excellence in their future endeavors. She strives to advocate for students and to empower them to strengthen their voices so that they can advocate for their families, their friends, and their communities. Being the ELAC ESL Club’s Advisor allows her to mentor students and to see them blossom into future leaders. 



Distinguished Faculty Award

(Adjunct Faculty Recognition) 


As an instructor in the Child, Family, and Education Studies (CFES), Professor Caroline Jen supports, guides and motivates students to meet their individual needs and reach their educational and career goals. She continues to acquire best practices on teaching strategies to better guide and support her students. Professor Jen partners with community agencies and participates in community engagement activities to better serve our students and the surrounding communities.




Distinguished Classified Award

(Staff Recognition) 


Paulette Jaurequi picture

Paulette Jaurequi is the secretary for the English Department at East Los Angeles College. She began her studies as an Art Major at ELAC. Years later, when she returned to ELAC to take computer classes, she was hired as a student worker in the Office of Academic Affairs, an opportunity that allowed her to gain valuable experience assisting the staff and learning about ELAC as an institution. After serving as a Curriculum Secretary, she was eventually hired in the English Department.  She has proudly held this position since March 2000.  In her own words: “It’s been a great life working in this department.  The faculty are the most wonderful people to work with as I feel I’ve been given a great opportunity to be part of something so fulfilling.” She has witnessed the many changes in the structure of the school and the department. Paulette continues to remotely assist students, faculty, and staff members. Her genuine care and disposition to help others have garnered her so many friends at ELAC. Now that we are working remotely, she can’t wait to come back to campus and see all the friendly faces that she misses so much!  


Outstanding Campus-wide Award

(all ELAC employees are eligible) 


Ming Huei LamMing-huei started her professional life in social service and mental health in Oregon and Washington before she found her calling in higher education at Iowa State University (ISU).  Since 1994, she held various positions in Student Services and Academic Affairs at ISU, University of Washington, UCLA, Los Angeles Southwest College before coming to East Los Angeles College in February 2016, first as the Dean of South Gate and now as the Dean of Visual Arts, Kinesiology, and Honors.  


In her 26 years of higher education career, Ming-huei has helped thousands of college students successfully address a wide range of social and academic challenges.  As an administrator, she now supports faculty and staff as well.  One of her UCLA colleagues described her as being “a great value to members of the faculty who seek support for students they encounter.”  Ming-huei is both a leader and a collegial peer, and she thrives to make a difference in everything she does.