Press Release - 01/15/19

CVCC Employee Receives Chancellor’s Award

LYNCHBURG, VA – Central Virginia Community College’s Workforce FastForward Coach, Ms. Renee Chalmers, received the 2018 Rising Star Chancellor’s Award at the Virginia Community Colleges Higher Education Conference held in Richmond, VA, this past December. 

“I would like to thank my Central Virginia Community College family and the entire Workforce Solutions staff for welcoming me with open arms and providing me with the resources necessary to be successful, while also supporting me with my transition into this position,” stated Ms. Chalmers.

The Rising Star Chancellor’s Award is a prestigious career related honor that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated advanced skills and knowledge to enhance workforce development efforts in the state of Virginia. 

“Renee has stepped into this position and made it her own,” explained CVCC Associate VP of Workforce, Business and Allied Health, Dr. James Lemons. “She has become an expert in promoting and enrolling students in the VCCS FastForward programs.”

FastForward is a relatively new state program helping Virginians get the high-demand jobs they want along with above average livable wages. FastForward programs are short-term training courses offered through Virginia’s Community College System (VCCS) to help fast-track a new career.

To her credit, Chalmers has exemplified the new VCCS FastForward coaching initiative, taking credential training to new heights at CVCC during the 2017– 2018 year. 

Renee has also worked tirelessly with partner agencies and grants to locate funding to assist students with financial needs and ensure that all CVCC Workforce Development spring 2018 programs ran with nearly full student rosters. 

As a result, Renee’s coaching services helped CVCC obtain significant gains in credential attainment by reaching a goal of 100% certification for the Certified Clinical Medial Assistant program.  

On a personal achievement note, Renee became recognized as a Global Career Development Facilitator and Certified Career Services Provider; requiring a combined 120 hours of professional development beyond her busy job as a CVCC FastForward Coach

Before coming to CVCC, Renee worked for the Virginia Department of Social Services here in Lynchburg. Academically, she is a graduate of Longwood University, with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, and also holds two master degrees including an MBA from Liberty University.
The Higher Education Conference is an annual gathering of community college leaders, workforce development professionals, partner agencies, board members and elected officials, dedicated to exploring the ways in which colleges respond to the needs of businesses and individuals in the Commonwealth, while positioning Virginia as a national model for workforce training.

For more information about FastForward and other CVCC Workforce Solutions programs, visit or call 434-832-7607, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.