Staff of the Month – November 2020

Published: January 7, 2021

Congratulations to Juanita Manzo, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Staff of the Month for November 2020. Originally hired as an Administrative Assistant for Facilities, Manzo is currently a Project Manager for Instruction.

With a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in Endocrinology from Washington State University, Manzo’s professional life landed her at CWI as she followed a few former colleagues to the College five years ago.

“As a mom, working at CWI was appealing to me because it would allow me to use my skill sets, serve my community, and still be able to take care of my family as needed,” she said.

As a Project Manager for Instruction, Manzo enjoys the challenges associated with the organization, flow, and tactical side of collaborative work including course scheduling and pay for adjunct instructors.

“Juanita continues to shine as a project manager for Instruction,” said a colleague. “This year has been especially challenging as a college as we prepared for a fall unlike any other. Juanita spent countless hours preparing reports, implementing new processes, and supporting ever-changing decisions. She keeps us moving forward and does everything with professionalism, attention to detail, and excellence.”

“CWI is a great place to work because of innovative spirit and the people,” Manzo said. “A community college is a cornerstone of a community due to the direct relationship education has with industry and workforce needs. The value CWI brings to our community and our students is inspiring.”

Originally from Western Massachusetts, Manzo has been ‘out West’ for a long time. She and her husband of 17 years have two teenage girls, two dogs, and a coop full of urban chickens. Outside the office, she enjoys throwing pots, cooking, baking, painting, and getting fresh air.

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