CVCC Hires Community Connections Coordinator 09/06/2019

LYNCHBURG, VA – Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) welcomes Ms. Philmika Reid to the role of Community Connections Coordinator. This newly created position will provide comprehensive services for CVCC students in the areas of continuing care resources and nonclinical social work services such as economic crisis intervention, student advocacy, mandated reporting, and referral coordination of on and off-campus community resources.

“I know there are students here at CVCC who have a desire to learn and be successful in finishing the program they have started,” said Reid.  “But they may also be challenged holding additional roles in their personal lives while trying to attend school. Some are also first-generation college students in their family, who are slowly learning the ins and outs of higher education on their own. Ultimately, my goal is to bridge the gap between a student’s desire to succeed with actually helping them cross the finish line by providing them the support to successfully graduate from CVCC.”  

This position is being funded by the federal government Title III, Part A, Grant which aims to increase student success and completion by providing a system of integrated academic and financial support services.  Since CVCC is the only public institution of higher education in the Lynchburg area, it serves an ever-increasing number of first year students who are often socially and academically challenged for college work.  

Central Virginia Community College was awarded the Title III, Part A, Strengthening Institutions Grant from the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year. Once awarded, the grant provides continuing support for five years. A total of approximately $1.9 million is expected to be appropriated to CVCC during this time.

Philmika Reid added, “The CVCC job advertisement appealed to me because this role involves two things I am very passionate about: community and education. I have always loved the world of academia, which led me to pursue a Master of Education degree in school counseling. Upon graduating college and learning about community agencies and non-profits in this area and how they are serving individuals; community work and service became a second passion of mine. So, this position is allowing me to do two things I really enjoy, which are helping others and building relationships.” 

She continued, “Additionally, my previous professional roles have allowed me to develop familiarity with the Lynchburg community, its demographics and a lot about the community resources it offers. Also, being that my most recent position was that of a school counselor, I understand some of the obstacles and struggles our students may be facing. Furthermore, coming from that role, I understand that in order to help students, a rapport must be built.  Lastly, one of my career goals has always included to work in higher education.”  

Prior to being hired at CVCC, Reid worked for Lynchburg City Schools for five years as a high school counselor at Heritage High School. Philmika grew up in Amherst County, and currently lives in Lynchburg. Her hobbies include travelling, hiking in the fall, listening to TED talks, reading, working out, and spending time with her family