CVCC Faculty Member Receives Award Recognition

LYNCHBURG, VA – Officials at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) wish to congratulate CVCC faulty member Dr. Cynthia Deutsch on her latest honor. 

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. 

The Opportunity 2027 Strategic Plan will guide Virginia’s Community Colleges over the next six years.  The plan goes into effect July 1, 2021, and has the over-arching goal that Virginia’s Community Colleges will achieve equity in access, learning outcomes, and success for students from every race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic group.

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.”

Deutsch has been teaching psychology for CVCC since 2001.  She has served as the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) co-director and is currently the CVCC Faculty Association Vice President.  

Having taught more than 6,000 students across her 18 years as an educator, Dr. Deutsch has established an outstanding record of teaching and service with a strong reputation for student connection.  She always strives for excellence in her work with students from a variety of backgrounds. 

Named for the system's founding chancellor, Dr. Dana B. Hamel, the Hamel Award is the highest honor bestowed by Virginia's Community Colleges on an individual or group to recognize an extraordinary accomplishment or deed that advances the mission of the VCCS.  Dr. Deutsch’s participation on the task force was pivotal, as she served as the team leader for the most important component of the plan: teaching and learning.

Virginia’s community colleges serve an estimated 400,000 people across the state. The opportunities provided include some of the most cutting-edge and in-demand career training and higher education available.