John Tyler Community College Board Welcomes Janie Williams
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Released on November 28, 2012
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Janie Williams loves to learn and to help others. That’s why she’s devoted 32-years to careers in public education, nine of which have been with Prince George County Public Schools. During her time as an educator, she’s worked in and out of the classroom, holding jobs as an assistant principal, a teacher, a departmental chairperson, and a COE coordinator. She is currently an assistant principal at Prince George High School and is now representing Prince George County on the John Tyler Community College Board.
Williams is pleased to be part of the College Board because it will allow her to continue to advocate for what she believes most – that all students should be given the chance to continue their educations beyond high school. “I have a strong belief and desire to see that every student, who wants, should have the opportunity to prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college,” says Williams. “This perspective is founded in the premise that an investment in education is an investment in the future. I sincerely believe that when more of our children achieve at higher levels of education, the whole world benefits.”
Williams believes community colleges are vital to this effort. “Institutions like John Tyler Community College play a very important role in communities across the state and the nation,” she says. She notes that John Tyler serves a diverse range of students, from working adults, who need flexible class schedules to help them balance classes, work and family, to high school students taking dual enrollment courses that earn them both high school and college credit. “These institutions provide an umbrella of services and opportunities where individuals can earn a degree, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce or switch careers. They also provide opportunities to participate in certificate programs to upgrade skills.” Community colleges also adapt to change, and as Williams observes, the world of education, from K-12 and beyond, always is evolving. She points to increased distance learning offerings, which allow students to take courses online while interacting virtually with their instructors and classmates; to curriculum changes designed to make courses more relevant to students; and to improved vocational training that is better preparing students for the demands of today’s workforce.
Williams holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Virginia State University. She also received an endorsement in supervision and administration K-12 from Virginia State University. In addition to her work as an educator, she is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, is involved in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Women’s Ministry, and is on the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Scholarship Committee. She says she owes her successes and her desire to give back to her family, friends, coworkers and mentors who offered her support and advice throughout her life.
John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,895 students during the 2011-12 academic year, offers 18 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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