On November 3, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) sponsored a luncheon to which the Workforce Development teams from six of its 23 member institutions — including Rappahannock Community College — were invited. The purpose of the gathering was to honor exemplary performance within those teams.
The Chancellor’s Awards were given in the categories of Occupation Instruction and Services, Community Services, Employee Services, and Career Paths. VCCS assistant vice chancellor of career pathways and workforce programs Randall Stamper introduced the vice presidents of workforce development from each college, who named the team members they had chosen for recognition, and presented them with their awards.
RCC’s Jason Perry called forward Marjorie Lampkin, the director of RCC’s Office of Career and Transition Services, to receive an award in the Career Paths category; Dr. Donald Bartholomay, the program manager for the Workforce Development Office’s credit programs, for Occupation Instruction and Services; and Mike Jenkins, executive director of the Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Board and a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for RCC’s Business Management programs, for Community Services.
Guest speaker Mike Lindsey of Continental Automotive in Newport News summed up the reasons why he, as an employer, takes his workforce issues to a community college… because the staff listens to his needs and works to meet them. He stated that rather than directing him to courses on the existing schedule, which might — or might not — produce the results he had in mind, the experts in the Workforce department design training courses specifically tailored to his requests.
Photo: Dr. Donald Bartholomay, Marjorie Lampkin, and Mike Jenkins received Chancellor’s Awards from the Virginia Community College System, in honor of their excellent work for RCC’s Workforce Development Office, at a luncheon ceremony in Richmond on November 3. Left to right: RCC workforce coordinator David Valadez; Bartholomay; Lampkin; Jenkins; and Jason Perry, RCC’s vice president of workforce development.