One of Lynchburg Business magazine's 2020 Best Places to Work and other awards

2020 Best College To Work For

Central Virginia Community College has been named a “2020 Great College to Work For” by ModernThink, LLC.  ModernThink is a strategic organizational development and management consulting firm focusing on workplace excellence. CVCC is one of only 25 two-year colleges nationwide to win this recognition.

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of CVCC, but our real goal is not recognition – it’s being a workplace community that values the needs and contributions of every individual. In that sense everyone at CVCC helps to make this a great place to work,” said Randall Franklin, Director of Human Resources.

The Great Colleges to Work For program is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. Now in its thirteenth year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies.

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At the March 17, meeting of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges, Professor Deutsch received the Dana B. Hamel Award for her work on the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) new strategic plan, titled: Opportunity 2027. 

Dr. Deutsch remarked, “This new strategic plan will really drive the VCCS forward with a clear focus on equity for our students and our communities.  It will allow CVCC and our sister colleges to truly meet our mission to give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened.”

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In the spring of 2020, Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) Professor of Psychology, Julie C. Piercy, Ph.D., was presented with the annual Virginia Community College System’s Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence award.

Professor Piercy reacted to her professional acknowledgement by saying, “I am honored to be recognized for doing a job I love with people I adore and respect.  I believe in the community college system and I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with all of the amazing individuals in my classes.”  Dr. Piercy has been teaching psychology for Central Virginia Community College since 2001. 

This prestigious education award is named for Dr. Susan S. Wood, who retired from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research in April 2014. 

The Lynchburg Business magazine's July 2020 Best of Business issue focused in part on the "Best Places To Work" in the Lynchburg region.

This recognition, according to the magazine, is meant to applaud local businesses who make going to work feel less like a job and more like a career. Central Virginia Community College was one of seven businesses receiving this award. Their statement goes to say these highlighted businesses strive to retain happy, empowered employees. 

As many know, Central Virginia Community College is a family of educators that focuses on improving the lives of students. "Students are our main concern and providing them with growth opportunities is our primary goal,” said Christopher Bryant, CVCC’s Vice-President of Institutional Advancement.

CVCC operates on a strict governance model where each employee has the opportunity to serve on a number of working committees from academics to diversity. Then, every month, the employees advance committee ideas to the President's Council. 

College leaders also prioritize the health and wellness of staff and faculty. "We want each CVCC teammate to constantly work toward a balanced, and fulfilled lifestyle,” added Bryant.

According to him, the school's leadership is the primary source for praise and recognition, "Dr. Capps and Dr. Mickles have created a culture of kindness and encouragement that cascades to every member of the CVCC family."

At a glance: Founded in 1967. Number of employees 155 full-time and 105 part-time. 


Faculty Member Marci Gale

Meet Marcella Gale, assistant professor of Mechatronics at Central Virginia Community College, a self-described “geek” who automates her own home just for fun.

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