Linda Hyslop Returns to the John Tyler Community College Board
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Released on March 21, 2013
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – At an early age, Linda Hyslop developed a love for art. In fact, her passion for the subject prompted her to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University. Simmering in the background, however, was another love – one that quietly and strongly took root as she grew up – the desire to be a teacher. Hyslop, inspired by her grandmother and her aunt, both of whom were teachers, took her first job as an educator at a Hopewell elementary school in 1967, and she never looked back. Since then, she’s not only taught elementary school children, she’s also been the assistant principal and principal of Woodlawn Elementary School in Hopewell, an elementary and reading supervisor for Hopewell City Schools, assistant superintendent for instruction for Hopewell’s school system, and a division liaison for the Virginia Department of Education and the College of William and Mary. Most recently, she was the executive director of the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Now, Hyslop is helping to represent education in the City of Hopewell in another way by serving on the John Tyler Community College Board. This is not a new experience for Hyslop. She was a member of the College’s board in the 1990s and says she is thrilled to be back. “John Tyler Community College is giving kids a future,” says Hyslop. “It opens opportunities to those who might otherwise not have believed they were college material. And, it is a stepping stone – not just for those students who have just graduated from high school but for those who’ve been out working and want to go to college.” Hyslop says since most jobs today require at least some college education, she believes institutions like John Tyler are vital to the communities they serve. “John Tyler Community College offers a huge benefit to Hopewell students and their parents,” she says. “It brings higher education to the community in a number of ways, including programs like career coaches and dual enrollment. It has faculty who work closely with students and encourage them, so students know they can succeed.”
In addition to holding a bachelor’s from Tulane, Hyslop holds a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Virginia State College. She also serves on the John Randolph Foundation Board, is a member of the Hopewell-Prince George Crime Solvers Association, and is a member of the State Charter School Committee.
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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