Greg Cuffey Joins John Tyler Community College Board
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Released on December 12, 2012
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Greg Cuffey understands how government, business and education work, and he understands what it’s like to be involved in his community. From 2006 – 2010, he served on the Hopewell City Council and was the city’s vice mayor. He’s been a business owner and has been a purchasing manager, an international customer service representative and a quality assurance agent. Inspired by his father who was an attorney and a college professor, Cuffey became a teacher five years ago. He began his teaching career at Petersburg High School, where he taught biology, genetics and ecology. Currently, he teaches 6th grade science at Peabody Middle School and is the varsity golf coach for Petersburg High School. Cuffey also is an auxiliary deputy for the Hopewell Sheriff’s Department, serves on the Hopewell Social Services Advisory Board, is the vice president of the Hopewell Youth Football League, and is a deacon at his church. And now, he is helping represent the City of Hopewell on the John Tyler Community College Board.
Cuffey says he is honored to have been selected for the Board and believes his wide variety of experiences, especially those of elected official, teacher and business owner, will help him in his new role with John Tyler. He says, “I fully understand the opportunities and challenges associated with business, the relationship with local governments, and the importance of reaching the students.”
Cuffey also says he understands the benefits that John Tyler Community College brings to higher education and the community. “It presents a great and unique opportunity for students who may not be ready or apt for a traditional four-year university,” says Cuffey. “Without a bridge like John Tyler, many students would be left out of the higher education process. John Tyler also offers specialized education and training in workforce development, which is a benefit to industry in Virginia and our economy.”
Cuffey holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Virginia State University and a paralegal certificate from Norfolk State University. He is a member of the National Education Association, Virginia Education Association and Petersburg Education Association.
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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