WSU Tri-Cities professor to receive distinguished service award

<p>Eric Johnson</p>

Eric Johnson

A Washington State University Tri-Cities professor is recognized by the WSU system statewide for his work to prepare students for college.

Eric Johnson is receiving the college's 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

Johnson is the assistant professor of bilingual and English as a second language education.

He recruits, supports and educates first generation students and non-native English-speaking students.

He even meets with students at home and leads language development sessions at early outreach programs for college.

"They know that I'm there for them, that their teachers are, and I'm really confident that those students will have the open path and be able to take advantage of it" said Johnson.

Johnson will be recognized on Thursday at WSU Pullman during the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration.