Skornia Honored for 19 Years of Service
Fire Technology Coordinator Mark Skornia, second from left, was honored Monday for 19 years of service to East Central College.
Skornia has been coordinator of the Fire Technology program for 12 years and an instructor for 19 years. The fire tech program was deactivated Monday after over 40 years at ECC.
Pictured to the right, from left, are ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer, Skornia, Robyn Walter, interim vice president, academic affairs; and Nancy Mitchell, interim dean of health science.
Skornia was recognized after the ECC Board of Trustees approved the recommendation to deactivate the fire technology program due to the increase of fire training in house by fire districts. Skornia also serves as the city of Washington Emergency Management Director and he is a member of the Washington Fire Department.
Skornia went through the fire tech program in 1976-77.
According to Dr. Bauer, program enrollment has been steadily declining over the past several years.
“It has certainly served its place and time, and served a lot of students and fire districts,” he said. “I commend Nancy (Mitchell), Robyn (Walter) and Mark (Skornia) for all of their hard work.”
Skornia noted that the program, and all of its instructors and coordinators, have been a valuable part of the fire protection community for many years.
“I want to thank the college board (of trustees) for supporting the program for 40 plus years,” Skornia added.