Annual Award Nominations

APSCU 2014 Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award honors graduates of APSCU member institutions who best reflect the incredible success of our sector; students who have overcome challenges to complete their studies and to work in vocations that benefit their community.
Past recipients of the APSCU Hall of Fame represent many men and women who began their journey to satisfying and successful careers by attending a private sector career institution. These graduates serve as examples for current students.
Download Nomination Form (PDF)
Deadline: April 7, 2014

APSCU 2014 Educator of the Year Award

The Educator of the Year award will recognize an outstanding teacher whose dedication and classroom contributions have greatly benefited the institution and the students it serves. Nominees for the award must demonstrate exceptional instructional ability, institutional leadership, active professional interests, and proven accomplishments. Recipients of this award will serve as a role model to all instructors at private career schools nationwide.
Download Nomination Form (PDF)
Deadline: April 7, 2014

Send your nomination to: For questions or more information, please contact Carolyn Woods at (202) 336-6745.



Congratulations to our 2013 Award Winners!

2013 Hall of Fame Emeritus
Carol Guzy
Graduate of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

The Hall of Fame Emeritus Award goes to Carol Guzy, 1980 Graduate of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, for her continued outstanding achievements.

After obtaining a degree in nursing, Carol Guzy decided to switch career paths and attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Photography. Carol was hired by the Miami Herald, and won her first Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for her coverage of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano eruption in Colombia. After eight years, she became a staff photographer for the Washington Post where she remains today.

Carol won three more Pulitzer Prizes for her work in Haiti and Kosovo, making her the only journalist to ever receive four Pulitzer Prizes. She has covered dozens of domestic and international stories and has been recognized every step of the way for her humanitarian coverage of the disadvantaged. Carol has also given back to her community by serving as an RFK Journalism Award Committee Member, giving presentations about photography to students, and volunteering at the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of APSCU, said "Carol is one of the most decorated photojournalists and we are proud of the impact she has had since her graduation from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Her commitment to her work and her community are the reasons

APSCU is honored to award her with the 2013 Hall of Fame Emeritus award.


2013 Hall of Fame Winner
Tiffany Derry,
Graduate of The Art Institute of Houston

Immediately after graduating high school, Tiffany enrolled in The Art Institute of Houston to hone her culinary talents. She had already discovered her flair for the food industry by working her way into a management position at her local IHOP while only a high school student. After graduating from The Art Institute of Houston in 2003 with an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, she worked for some of the top restaurants in the Houston area including Pesce and Grotto Cucina Napolitano. Competing on Season 7 of Top Chef, Tiffany was voted “fan favorite” and made it to the final four. She was invited back for Top Chef: All Stars where she was again a finalist.

In 2011, she teamed up with Patrick Halbert to open their restaurant Private|Social in Dallas to great accolades. In fact, Private|Social and Chef Derry’s cooking received a 4-star review from The Dallas Morning News.

Recently, Tiffany has moved on from Private|Social to focus on the development of her own company, Tiffany Derry Concepts, which supports both her business and culinary ventures. She now partners with some of the world’s most recognized brands while also appearing on television shows, giving back to schools and food banks in Texas, and acting as a spokesperson for The Art Institutes’ system of schools.

APSCU proudly honors Tiffany Derry with the 2013 Hall of Fame Award.


2013 Educator of the Year
Rodney Fronk
WTI Topeka

Before starting his career as an Instructor at WTI- Topeka Campus, Rodney Fronk served his country for 13 years in the United States Military. Upon his honorable discharge, he went on to get a diploma in plumbing, heating and air conditioning from North Central Kansas Technical College. He worked for 13 years in the HVAC industry earning his Master Mechanical License, Master Plumber with Gas Fitters License, NATE Certification, and the EPA Universal Certification. As an instructor, Rod has managed to retain 99% of his students during his time at WTI. This past year every single student Rod taught successfully passed the industry competency exam. However, Rod’s day to day approach doesn’t have to do with numbers. He employs a personal and deeply committed style of teaching, constantly refining his methods to best serve his students. Students note that Rod will come in early and stay late to help explain material to them, and as a result many have seen their GPA’s rise over 20%. Rod is also actively involved in the HVAC program advisory committee, and through meeting with its members has developed strong relationships with potential employers.

In his limited free time, Rod serves his church and gives his talents and time to under served and underprivileged communities.

APSCU proudly honors Rod Fronk with the 2013 Educator of the Year Award.



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