Jitka Borowick and Ralph Cahoon, both of Barnstable, were honored as distinguished alumni of Cape Cod Community College for their many contributions to the greater Cape Cod community. The 2018 Alumni of the Year awards were presented during the College’s Commencement ceremony on May 24, 2018.
Alumna of the Year, Jitka Borowick, is a remarkably driven and philanthropic person. She came to the U.S. in 2003 from the Czech Republic, focused on studying English. She went to Cape Cod Community College and, in 2008, graduated with an Associate’s Degree. She continued her education at Suffolk University and, in 2011, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.
In 2008 Jitka combined her vision of starting her own business and doing something positive for the environment; she opened Cleangreen, a natural cleaning company. She worked out of her home, cleaning by herself but, she had a larger vision to grow a successful company. Today, Cleangreen is a thriving business that employs a team of 16 individuals year-round, plus seasonal help. A Cape & Islands Green verified business, Cleangreen uses environmentally friendly practices from their office operations to their cleaning products and methods.
Jitka was awarded Business Woman of the Year in 2015 from Cape & Plymouth Business and, in 2016, Small Business Owner of the Year from Cape Cod SCORE. In 2017, Jitka received a Community Advocacy Award from Eastern Bank.
Currently, Jitka is a chair of the board for Flower Angels USA, and president-elect for the Rotary Club of Hyannis. She and her employees are active in the community as part of the company’s core values, supporting organizations such as WE CAN, the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance, POPS by the Sea, The Cape & Islands United Way, J. F. K Museum, Calmer Choice, Sturgis Library and more.
The College is proud to recognize Jitka Borowick as an outstanding graduate and role model.
Ralph Cahoon, Alumnus of the Year, is a 1983 graduate of CCCC, who majored in Liberal Arts.
Ralph is a tireless advocate for the College. He served for 10 years (2007-2017) on the College’s Board of Trustees, taking on the positions of vice chair, secretary and, finally, chair. While chair, Ralph was an integral part of the College’s successful application for an important U.S. Department of Labor grant to support the innovative aviation program started at CCCC. Ralph continues to be a strong supporter of continued growth of the College.
After graduation from CCCC, Ralph earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement at Western New England University, and a master’s in social work at Boston University. He is a former Barnstable law enforcement officer, and is a practicing mental health professional. He is a counselor/therapist in his own firm, Spartina Counseling, and a behavioral health clinician at the Community Health Center of Cape Cod.
He currently serves on the Board of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod Baseball League), is a consultant to the Barnstable Police Department, and is a member of the Cape and Islands Critical Incident Stress Team. He is also a field instructor at the Boston University School of Social Work.
The College is proud to recognize Ralph Cahoon as an outstanding graduate and role model.