The 2021 Chancellor’s Awards for Workforce Development were a highlight of this year’s Hire Education Conference. The awards honor people and organizations who have gone the extra mile for our students and programs. This year’s award recipients hail from across the commonwealth, and because the ceremony was recorded for the virtual conference, you’ll be able to see and hear from them by clicking web links embedded in this blog post.
Barbara Rang, FastForward Coach at Eastern Shore Community College, received the award for Outstanding Achievement by a community college faculty/staff member. Rang’s colleagues cited her commitment to making all students feel welcome and worthwhile, and reaching out to give special encouragement to students who are overcoming hardships.
“I’m truly humbled by this recognition,” said Rang. “I feel like I also have to stress that student success is the result of teamwork. And I’ve been blessed with one of the best teams ever. Our workforce team at ECCS definitely lives out our “YES” culture for students.” You can view Barbara Rang’s award video.
Bruce Peterson, assistant coordinator and lead technical instructor at the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), as honored as this year’s “Rising Star.” Colleagues called Peterson an influencer, a leader, a coach and guide for other instructors and credited him with improving student enrollment and completion rates.
“I love working and I like seeing light bulbs illuminate in student’s minds,” said Peterson. “I know our students come from all walks of life, and I’m just honored to help to put them in positions to be successful. You can view Bruce Peterson’s award in the second part of this video.
SaKieya Royster, a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant graduate at Central Virginia Community College, was the recipient of the 2021 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Student Success Story. Staffers at CCVA said Royster overcame numerous challenges and was always conscientious about her studies. They’re excited to see Royster thrive and grow in her new career and wish her well as she pursues her nursing degree.
“I’m so grateful for the time, love and support that the faculty showed to me, and I wouldn’t have succeeded without their dedication, said Royster. “If someone had told me a couple of years ago that I would receive this award, I don’t think I would have believed them. This is truly an honor!” You can view SaKieya Royster’s award video.
Outlier Realty Capital, Virginia Career Works and LFCC Workforce Solutions received the 2021 award for Outstanding Business Partnership. They provided leadership as Winchester area businesses and organizations came together to help provide training opportunities for students to train for meaningful jobs in LFCC’s service area. You can learn more about their collaboration in the second part of this video.
Finally, VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois, who is retiring at the end of next June, was recognized for his leadership in boosting workforce training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges over his 20-year tenure. DuBois was presented the “Expanding Opportunities” Award, the conference’s highest honor.
“The impact of his work to help Virginians prepare for new careers will be felt across the state for years to come,” said Senior Vice-Chancellor Sharon Morrissey. “He made extraordinary contributions to workforce development.”
Dr. Morrissey credited DuBois for his leadership in creating the Great Expectations program, establishing career coaches, the Virginia Education Wizard, and as an architect of the G3 program.
“Simply stated, Chancellor DuBois leads with vision, heart and accountability, and by asking, ‘How can we make life better for our students and the people who employ them,’” wrote Dr. Rose Harrell Johnson, former VCCS vice-chancellor for workforce development. You can see more about the award in this video.