Employee of the Month

Each month Santa Rosa Junior College recognizes excellence on campus with an Employee of the Month Award. Visit the Employee of the Month Nominations page to find out how to nominate someone you feel deserves this distinction.  Here is a list of past EOM recipients.

Previous recipient: Antoine Sarragossa - September 2022

October 2022 - Amil GehrkeEmployee of the Month October 2022 - Amil Gehrke

Congratulations to Amil Gehrke, who is the October 2022 Employee of the Month at 

Santa Rosa Junior College.  Amil is the Coordinator, California Community College Career & Technical Education Employment Outcomes Survey (CTEOS) in the Office of Institutional Research.  He has been with SRJC for 3 years.

Amil’s primary responsibility is to coordinate the CTEOS program at SRJC. This is a statewide study, which assesses employment outcomes of students who have participated in career technical education (CTE) coursework at California Community Colleges. “I work with all colleges in the state to provide accurate information on former students in regard to employment in their field of study, along with many other data points.” His role also encompasses customer service, equipment delivery & troubleshooting, server management, telephones, and  technology support.

“Amil is a dedicated member of the Office of Institutional Research team who represents SRJC locally and throughout the state,” said his nominator Jeremey Smotherman, Senior Director, Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning.   “Locally, Amil provides vital feedback on the design of survey and developing data narratives. Statewide, Amil coordinates the Career Education Employment Outcome Survey (CTEOS). Through his work with CTEOS, Amil represents SRJC with amazing professionalism.  He contributes greatly to the analysis of data that supports program funding and institutional planning in support of student success. He is also an extremely supportive colleague who believes in collaboration, communication, and empathy.”

Amil led CTEOS through the pandemic and initial shutdowns, a difficult time to survey people about their employment.  

As an SRJC alum, Amil understands how hard it is for students to envision how their efforts in school will someday translate to financial stability in Sonoma County. “I failed a lot of classes and have a lot of W’s on my record, but my time at SRJC put me on a path to a successful career. I hope that the data CTEOS provides can help current students know they are on a path to a livable wage and their efforts will pay off.”

Amil’s favorite thing about his work at SRJC is the community. “I get to work with staff not only here at SRJC but from community colleges across the state. Their dedication and determination to support students is inspiring.”

Amil grew up in Petaluma.  He has moved away many times, but always finds his way home.

Prior to joining the Office of Institutional Research, he worked as an NGO Development Facilitator in the Republic of Georgia for the U.S. Peace Corps, and a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the Ministry of Education in St. Lucia. He also served as a Senior Research Associate at New Tech Network, a design partner for K-12 Schools.

He lives in Petaluma with his wife, two dogs, and a flock of chickens.  He is also slowly restoring a 1957 Volvo PV444.

When being told of his EOM nomination, Amil felt surprised, as well as grateful.