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Tanya Baker honored as outstanding student

Ontario County resident Tanya Baker – a postgraduate student at Keuka College – was honored at the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education (RACCE) annual banquet April 12 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Henrietta.

The Phelps resident was named a 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Adult Student Award.

The award is given to students who exemplify a strong commitment to higher education despite the unique challenges adult learners face.

Baker, a 2016 Keuka College graduate who is finishing up her master’s of social work at the College, was a Licensed Practical Nurse for 20 years before returning to the classroom. Among the organizations she has served are Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Partnership for Ontario County, the Seneca County Division of Human Services, and the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. She has juggled work and studies while raising two children and three grandchildren.

“Tanya … has been a person that constantly radiates positivity,” said classmate Amanda Wickham, who nominated Baker for the award. “The expectations and course work of the Keuka College Advanced Standing MSW Program are very rigorous, and she always handles herself with grace and the utmost determination to succeed in her studies.

“These overwhelming demands have never deterred Tanya from lending her support to every student in our cohort, which is extremely beneficial since she always manages to find light in the most stressful situations,” Wickham continued. “Tanya is definitely a student, social worker, family member, and overall human being that many of us aspire to be.”

RACCE is a consortium of area colleges that promotes and advocates for continuing education for adult and other non-traditional students in the greater Rochester area. 

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