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Dr. Lynn Sodat Joins John Tyler Community College Board

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

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Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on February 22, 2012

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College welcomes Dr. Lynn Sodat to its College Board as a representative of the City of Hopewell. Sodat is a life-long public school educator who has served as a classroom teacher, building administrator, and a central office administrator in a public school division. She is currently a state specialist providing technical assistance to schools that are working to attain full accreditation.

Her love for education began at a young age. “I always knew that I wanted to teach,” says Sodat. “Like so many teachers I know, I began ‘teaching’ my dolls when I was in kindergarten. I have always loved it, and consider education my true calling.” For her, that calling includes continuously working to improve public education in Virginia for all students and to close the achievement gap for at-risk students. Sodat says she has seen many changes in education throughout the years, including the standards movement, the rethinking of high school education in terms of “college and career-ready,” and the need to constantly assess the skills-sets students must master in order to successfully compete in a rapidly changing global marketplace. “Post-high school education has become a necessity for financial independence,” says Sodat. “This creates challenges across the spectrum as the cost of college rises in a time of increasing economic disparity, and college entrance becomes more competitive. I am thankful that John Tyler provides so many affordable options to help young and returning students enter the workforce or change careers.” Sodat points to the significant savings students can enjoy by participating in John Tyler Community College’s dual enrollment and transfer programs.

Sodat holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary School Education from James Madison University, a Masters in Education from George Mason University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 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 its Midlothian Campus Science Building, 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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