Corron Community Development Center Groundbreaking Video
Well, good morning everyone. I'm Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, president of Lord Fairfax Community College. Thank you for joining me on this special occasion. It's with great excitement that the College holds a groundbreaking for the Corron Community Development Center. We really appreciate you taking the time today to join us for this event. I want to thank each and every one of you in the audience for making Lord Fairfax Community College the very special institution that it is. We appreciate that, too. I want to recognize two groups and thank them for their support and especially for their support for the building project and I just ask that you stand. Do we have some... I know we have some elected officials in the audience. Because I met with one. Please stand. [I knew you were here]. And we also have several donors to the College Foundation and again we appreciate your support and we couldn't do the wonderful things that we do without support from those individuals. Once constructed, this new facility will meet the increased need for space for professional development courses that help the region's workforce enhance their skills and train for new careers. Currently, the Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education at the College serves more than 10,400 individuals annually. That's a lot of people that come through our doors. This new center will enable us to better serve the business community through a dedicated facility that features a large, multi- purpose meeting space and numerous classrooms, and I know that many of you have looked at the pictures that we have of the facility and if you haven't, [excuse me] had a chance to do so please do so after the ceremony's over. It's going to be just a beautiful, beautiful building. Again, thank you for joining us to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Corron Community Development Center and I'll be introducing members of the stage party as we break ground.
Now, Mr. David Chase from Old Dominion University will make some remarks. GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU PRESIDENT THOMPSON- STACY. GREETINGS DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, AND WELCOME TO ALL GATHERED THIS MORNING FOR THIS WONDERFUL OCCASION. I BRING GREETINGS FROM THE MAIN CAMPUS AND DR. NANCY COOLEY, VICE PROVOST FOR DISTANCE LEARNING AND MY BOSS, WHO WAS UNFORTUNATELY UNABLE TO ATTEND. WE ARE TRULY EXCITED TO BE PART OF THIS “GROUND BREAKING” EVENT. OLD DOMINION AND LORD FAIRFAX INITIATED A WONDERFUL PARTNERSHIP IN 1994 WHEN LORD FAIRFAX COMMUNITY COLLEGE BECAME ONE OF 13 ‘PILOT’ SCHOOLS TO BEGIN RECEIVING LIVE TELECASTS OF DEGREE PROGRAMS FROM ODU’S MAIN CAMPUS IN NORFOLK. THE VISION OF THE FOUNDERS HAS ENABLED MANY STUDENTS TO EARN DEGREES AND GO ON TO REWARDING CAREERS. TODAY, THE VISION CONTINUES WITH BOTH INSTITUTIONS JOINING FORCES TO BUILD THE CORRON COMMUNITY CENTER WITH SPACE FOR ODU PROGRAMS. THIS CENTER PROMISES AN EXCITING AND WELCOMING NEW ENVIRONMENT WHERE LEARNING, DISCOVERY AND CREATIVITY CAN FLORISH. THIS CENTER IS MORE THAN A BUILDING — IT IS A SYMBOL OF PROGRESS AND A COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE. ODU SHARES IN THAT COMMITMENT AND PLEDGES TO DO ITS BEST TO KEEP THE PARTNERSHIP STRONG AND VIBRANT. DRIVING IN THIS MORNING, I RECALLED AN EXPERIENCE FROM LAST FRIDAY THAT I HAD THE PLEASURE OF JOINING IN. IT COULD HAVE OCCURRED ON ANY CAMPUS, BUT THIS PARTICULAR EVENT HAPPENED TO OCCUR AT ODU. WE HOSTED A MEETING THERE ON THE NEW G.I. BILL THAT HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. THE SPEAKER WAS THE CHIEF OF EDUCATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. WE HAD ANTICIPATED A SHOWING OF ABOUT 100 PEOPLE BUT THE FINAL TALLEY REVEALED SOMETHING ON A MAGNITUDE FOUR TIMES THAT MANY; ROUGHLY 400 PEOPLE. WE WERE DELIGHTED WITH THE TURNOUT, TO SAY THE LEAST. BUT I CAME AWAY FROM THAT ASSEMBLY WITH A STARK REMINDER OF JUST HOW MUCH PEOPLE VALUE EDUCATION, AND HOW IMPORTANT EDUCATION IS TO THEM IN THESE TOUGH TIMES. THIS NEW CENTER IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE VALUE THAT WE ALL PLACE ON EDUCATION. BEFORE I LEAVE THE PODIUM, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY TO CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS, TO STAFF, FACULTY AND STUDENTS, AS WELL AS OUR CIVIC LEADERS AND ALL OTHERS WHO HAVE MADE THIS DAY POSSIBLE. CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE; VERY WELL DONE. LIKEWISE, I WOULD BE REMISS IF I FAILED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARD WORK AND EXTRA EFFORT OF OLD DOMINION’S SITE STAFF WHO PLAY SUCH A PIVOTOL ROLE HERE AT THE COLLEGE IN THIS PARTNERSHIP. OUR SITE DIRECTOR NANCY RUDOLPH, UNFORTUNATELY, IS NOT ABLE TO BE WITH US THIS MORNING BUT BARBIE MILLER, HER ASSISTANT, IS HERE AND BARBIE I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU AND NANCY AND THE TEAM HERE FOR ALL THAT YOU DO ON BEHALF OF OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY AND THE STUDENTS AT THIS CAMPUS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND IN CLOSING, I WOULD JUST SAY THAT WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THIS OUTSTANDING TEAM AT LORD FAIRFAX COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THANK YOU.
It's my pleasure to introduce the next speaker, Ms. Lauren Jones. She is the granddaughter of the late Judge W. Leroy Corron and the late Mrs. Shirley Corron and you'll see a picture of you with your grandmother in the back. The Corrons were significant donors to this particular project and as I said before in my opening remarks, we couldn't have accomplished much of what we do without such generous, supportive individuals in our community. Obviously, they have a true love for education and believe very strongly in the role education plays in improving the quality of life for our community, so, Ms. Jones has some remarks to give on behalf of her grandparents. Good Morning. Growing up my grand - [excuse me] - Growing up my grandparents always stressed the importance of education. They believed that education was the foundation of a strong, successful community. The Corron Community Development Center is a gift that they believed could help the local community become more successful. Their hope was to allow the community to have a place to learn, grow and thrive. I regret that they are unable to be here today for this special occasion, although I'm... but I'm honored as their granddaughter to see their gift come to life. I look forward to seeing the impact this development center has on the Lord Fairfax community. Thank you.
Next on the agenda is Miss Danielle Brooks and she is the director of accounting of PRK Drilling and Blasting and is stepping in for her boss this morning who is ill and could not join us today, but Danielle will do a great job. Thank you very much for having me today and good morning. I just wanted to say we are a small construction company here in Winchester though we are very innovative and we are so honored to have the Workforce Solutions here in this area. I am a graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College and the Workforce Solutions is an excellent growth opportunity for moving on with our community, for those who have not had the opportunity to attend college, and those who want to grow in further areas. It is a wonderful experience. The Workforce Solutions has... they work with our company to provide creative and innovative solutions for our industry. We are a construction company so we cannot have the normal lecture type environment for our employees. They were creative in... we had some seminars on team building and they had that in a laser tag environment, so the employees were able to work together as a group, they learned the team building skills, and learned that is important to work as a team to accomplish your goals. We also worked with conflict management, and they had learned how to work with their peers and avoid conflict and when conflict did arise, they learned how to handle it in a proper manner. Again, with a construction type employee, it can be a very heated situation, and learning to control these emotions and handle it properly has been an awesome experience for PRK and it has also helped us in working with our contractors and other employees in the neighborhood. We've also had a... the employees have learned to be good managers. Quite often in our industry they work up from a laborer to a manager type position and they don't understand how to manage. They're more of a friendship type position. The management classes have taught them that they need to move on and take responsibilities for actions and really become the manager that they need to be rather than a coworker or employee as a friend. I did... One of the main things that they talk about, how this has changed our lives and our employees at first, they really weren't open to the idea of going to these seminars. They thought that it was going to be very dull, dry, and Workforce Solutions really brought it out to be a really... they really promoted the understanding by making it enjoyable to them by having things like the laser tag. It was very interactive; they were able to discuss different options rather than the lecture type environment. One of the employees had a quote, and I’m just going to end here because his words are the best. He said "I found many of the tools we learned, when applied correctly, are very helpful in making my life at work and at home much easier. I am now looking forward to taking more classes to make me the best manager, and father that I can be." These classes have not only helped in the workforce area but they do help at home, too. Thank you very much.
Thank you. Since we weren't sure what the weather would be like in mid-February, that's why we're holding the groundbreaking inside, but if you're real quiet you can hear the actual groundbreaking going on outside... those aren't sound effects; that's really going on. A number of special guests have joined us today to celebrate this moment and I'll introduce them as we come forward to dump our pail of dirt in the wheelbarrow. In recoginition of her grandparents' generosity and the building's namesake, I want to invite Ms. Lauren Jones, with me, to dump the first pail of dirt. I'm not sure exactly how to do this. That was fun. Okay. Next, we have Barbie Miller, assistant site director and David Chase, assistant vice provost for distance learning, both at Old Dominion University. You look like you've done that before. Next on the list is Jeanian Clark, assistant vice president of workforce solutions and continuing education at Lord Fairfax and William Sirbaugh Jr., director of the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center. Next is Linnie Carter, vice president of college advancement and Kathleen Johnson, vice president of finance and administration, both at Lord Fairfax Community College. Next, we have Barbara Pickeral Lee and she is chair of the Lord fax Community College Board and Mark Pangle who is chair of the Lord fax Community Coll... Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation Board. And I do want to thank both of them for volunteering their time. They both put a lot of time into serving the College and the community and we appreciate that. Thank you. Next is Danielle Brooks, director of accounting at PRK Drilling and Blasting and Peter Blake, who has joined us from Richmond; he's the vice chancellor for workforce development with the Virginia Community College System. Thank the... thanks to all of you on the stage for joining us here, today.
And again, thank you for coming. And thank you for your support of the College and for sharing in this wonderful celebration. Next year, Lord Fairfax Community College will celebrate its 40th anniversary; so, 40 years of serving the community and so many wonderful graduates and people that have gone through our doors. We're excited to continue experiencing new milestones as a College. This groundbreaking is just one more great event in the life of the College. I want to invite you to stay and enjoy some refreshments and fellowship and we appreciate you being here, today. Thank you very much.