Sought-after instructor selected for Chancellor’s Award

Published 10:28 am Saturday, June 19, 2010

FRANKLIN—Tracy Davis, instructor for Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development, recently received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Training and Instruction in the area of Employer Services.

The award was presented during a ceremony at Tidewater Community College’s Portsmouth Campus.

“(This) has been one of the biggest highlights of my 20-year career as a training instructor,” Davis said. “This award not only represents the commitment of the local community colleges to serve the community, but also their commitment to motivate and inspire Virginia’s employees and citizens.”

PDCCC Vice President of Workforce Development Randy Betz, who made the presentation, said Davis has provided customized non-technical training for the cities of Franklin and Suffolk over the last four years.

“He facilitated the delivery of the Workplace Readiness Skills curriculum for Franklin High School students,” Betz said. “Tracy taught the credit business course as part of the college’s new Warehouse and Distribution Operations Career Studies Certificate.

“In addition, he participated in our International Paper Franklin Mill Interview Skills and Resume Writing workshops, both as lead instructor and coach. This has led, in part, to the re-employment of 278 displaced Franklin Mill employees by 43 industries, businesses, organizations and government agencies,” Betz added.

Teaching Franklin High School students also was rewarding for Davis.

“This training allowed me to work with the brightest young minds in the region,” he said. “It resulted in 90 percent job placement for graduating students.”

According to Betz, Davis is a highly regarded instructor, receiving the “highest praise in workforce development” by being requested by repeat clients.

Davis is a retiree of the Navy, where he directed the work of senior staff analysts, resulting in improved Navy submarine detection systems. He has planned, implemented and evaluated a model training plan that serves as a benchmark for other Navy training organizations.

He serves as an instructional systems developer at Joint Forces Command, Cubic Applications Inc., providing courseware development and systems integration.

Davis earned a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies from Norfolk State University and a master’s of science in management from Troy State University.