A Desire to Provide Educational Opportunities Drives Ann Williams’ Service to the JTCC Board
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Released on September 25, 2019
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Ann Williams grew up with a keen interest in the sciences. As a student, she liked learning in science labs, and as a daughter, she enjoyed hearing her father, a physician, talk about medicine. So, it was not a surprise when the Hopewell High School graduate decided to pursue an education in medical technology. While in college, however, Williams found working in a hospital or medical setting was not the best fit for her. She began refocusing her career aspirations, and she thought about how much she enjoyed working with children. As the second oldest of eight children, she often cared for her younger siblings, and she frequently took on babysitting jobs for other families. She liked interacting with kids and finding creative ways to entertain them. As she considered these interests and her future, Williams came up with an idea. “I realized that the best path for me, to merge my love for science and my interest in children, was to pursue a career in teaching,” she said. That decision led her to a nearly 30-year career as an educator in the City of Colonial Heights, where she taught science in middle school and served as the assistant principal and then as the principal of Colonial Heights Middle School. She later served as the vice chair of the Hopewell School Board and served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia School Board Association.
In 2017, the Hopewell City Council appointed Williams to be one of the city’s representatives on the John Tyler Community College Board, and it recently reappointed her to serve another full term on Tyler’s Board. Williams said it is a privilege to be part of the College Board. “I have been able to interact with the administration and take part in providing opportunities for students who will be our future technicians, service providers, and leaders,” she said. As a long-time educator who worked with teens, she also noted the important role the college plays in helping those who are not interested or ready for college after high school. “Many students look to schools like John Tyler Community College for the training and licenses or certificates needed to pursue a trade, which may allow them to enter the workforce sooner,” she said. “Others see schools like Tyler as an economical pathway to earn credits and then transfer to a four year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. We are very fortunate to have Tyler in this area to provide both of these options to students.”
Williams holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Radford University and a master’s degree in education from Virginia State University. She and her husband have lived in Hopewell most of their lives and have three children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. In addition to her work with the John Tyler Community College Board, Williams serves as secretary on the Board of Trustees of the Historic Hopewell Foundation, as treasurer of the Appomattox Regional Library Board, and as an elder and children’s church leader at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church.
John Tyler Community College offers more than 75 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 14,000 students during the 2018-19 academic year. It also assisted more than 7,000 learners through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between Tyler and Reynolds community colleges.
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