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Workforce Champions Recognized

Dr. Angeline Godwin, president of Patrick Henry Community College, and Rhonda Hodges, vice president of Workforce, Economic and Community Development at PHCC, recognized four individuals who had been nominated for Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Awards. During the luncheon, they also announced that Lisa Lyle, the director of recruiting and marketing for the Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation, received the Chancellor’s Award in the category for which she had been nominated.

The WDS Chancellor's Awards are designed to recognize outstanding contributions made by workforce development professionals in support of PHCC's mission to serve the area’s workforce and community. Nominations are presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity toward the attainment of this goal.

There are four categories for nomination: Career Paths, Community Services, Occupation-Specific Instruction, and Employer Services. VCCS then selects one winner in each category from the nominations provided from every community college in the state.

Lyle was nominated in the Employer Services category for her personal commitment and collaborative spirit which made her a vital partner in the creation of PHCC’s new Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing (CAFM).  She was integral in coordinating and recruiting for the program as she created promotional materials, formed recruiting events, and coordinated collaborations between PHCC and local businesses.  For this outstanding work, Lyle was not only nominated, but she also received the Chancellor’s Award in Employer Services for the state of Virginia.

“It’s very rewarding to know that my work with the CAFM program and PHCC is recognized at the state level,” said Lyle. “But the award is really a recognition of how successful our community can be when we partner together to create innovative and effective solutions to meet the needs of our workforce.”

PHCC faculty member, David Dillard, received a nomination in the Career Paths category for his work as a developmental math instructor, a General Engineering Technology faculty member and the faculty advisor for the CAFM program.

Senior electrical engineer and Fab Lab volunteer, William Fain, received a nomination in the Community Services category for generously giving of his time and energies to PHCC’s Fab Lab, Maker Monday’s Program and the Mini Maker Faire. 

Ralph Schultz, the senior staff engineer at Commonwealth Laminating & Coating, received a nomination in the Occupation-Specific Instruction category for his work as instructor and developer of CAFM.

In her address at the ceremony, Rhonda Hodges remarked, “We could not achieve any of our success or most importantly, change students' lives and the future of our community, without partners and employees such as these.”