John Titus Joins John Tyler Community College Board
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Released on November 08, 2012
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Titus discovered his passion for education soon after graduating from the University of Virginia. Fresh out of college, the student became the teacher, instructing sixth graders in Albemarle County. Titus says, after that experience, he “never looked back.” In the years that followed, he held a myriad of jobs rooted in education, including counselor, assistant principal and principal. His career path eventually brought him to Chesterfield County, where he spent more than three decades with the county’s public school system.
During his time in education, Titus has had the opportunity to work with students of all ages and backgrounds, and he’s witnessed cultural, governmental, educational and technological shifts, which present challenges, opportunities, and in some cases, both. He cites examples such as the prevalence of social media, which has changed the ways students connect and gather information; the demand for accountability placed on schools and students by outside organizations and agencies; and the expansion of programs like dual enrollment. “The dual enrollment program, between the local school divisions and the college, has exploded over the last five years,” says Titus. “This is very smart for students (and their parents) and allows them to earn both high school credit and college hours while still in high school. I have known a number of Chesterfield high school graduates who started at college at the second year because of the number of college credits earned while in high school.”
Now, Titus is bringing his years of experience to the John Tyler Community College Board, where he helps represent Chesterfield County. He sees John Tyler and Virginia’s other community colleges as vital to those who want to earn degrees, explore interest, want to save money on their education, a second chance to prove themselves academically. “The community college is where the ‘rubber meets the road,’” says Titus. “It is the institution that comes the closest to being ‘all things to all folks.’ It is nimble enough to change focus and make mid-course adjustments and yet sophisticated enough to promulgate best practices and the setting of standards. JTCC provides opportunities for students to solve real-world problems and as Andrew Carnegie was fond of saying, to ‘do real and permanent good.’”
Titus holds a bachelors of arts in sociology/anthropology and a master’s of education in guidance/administration/supervision from the University of Virginia. He has served on various committees and panels, including the Virginia Attorney General’s Task force on Internet Safety and the U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School Review Panel; won the Principal of Distinction from the Virginia Department of Education; and served on the National Honor Society Board. He is currently a member of the board for U.S. Lacrosse and Rapids Baseball, Inc. and serves in an officiating capacity for the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, among other organizations.
John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,895 students during the 2011-12 academic year, offers 18 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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