ESCC Workforce Development Professionals Receive Local Chancellor’s Awards


SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA – On Friday November 15, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) held its annual Hampton Roads area Chancellor’s Award Luncheon to recognize excellent service in the field of Workforce Development.  This was the fifth of six regional luncheons held in November to recognize outstanding employees at each community college in the Commonwealth.  The luncheon was held at Tidewater Community College’s Workforce Development Center and included the three other community colleges in the Hampton Roads region:  Paul D. Camp Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, and Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC).

 ESCC’s recipients are as follows:

Gay Baynes, Employer Services.  Gay Baynes has a quarter century of experience working internationally as an executive coach and organizational consultant and is a qualified psychotherapist, a former professional actress and a management consultant, all of which has contributed to her ability to support Eastern Shore Community College in providing customized training to employers on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Ms. Baynes designed and conducted a series of full-day customer service classes to 45 staff members at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) Authority; a 4-day “Personal Impact” course for clients of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS); and a 32-hour “Leadership Training” course for group leaders at Perdue Farms, Accomack County Plant, a major employer on the Shore.

Martha Costin, Career Pathways.  As the Staff Recruiter for Perdue Farms’ Accomac Plant, Martha Costin serves on the Career Pathways Educational Consortium of the Eastern Shore.  She is the kind of person and business partner who makes things happen.  When others can’t or won’t get the job done, Martha does.  She is forward thinking in her approach and, accordingly, does not dwell on the past or the difficulties that might reside there.  She puts her focus on progress and how to reach goals successfully.  She understands that many of tomorrow’s good employees are today’s trainees through programs and services that are conducted in partnership with ESCC and the local school divisions.  She also serves on the Northampton County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Council.

John Floyd, Occupation Specific.  John Floyd is an outstanding faculty member at ESCC who has always been very supportive of Workforce Development Services.  For the past three years, John was a key leader in helping ESCC obtain two (2) National Science Foundation grants that enabled ESCC to expand its relationship with NASA especially in the area of internships.  His students have participated in launches at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility through a partnership with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium’s RockSAT-C and ROCKON programs.  He facilitated ESCC’s acceptance into SpaceTech, a prestigious and selective Florida based consortium of colleges and universities that work with the aerospace industry.  He even persuaded SpaceTech to hold their next national annual meeting at ESCC, which they will do in February of 2014.

Curtis Smith, Community Service.  As Director of Planning for the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC), Curtis Smith has partnered with ESCC’s Workforce Development Services Division to offer many public service events in the College’s Workforce Development Center.  On June 6, 2012, ESCC hosted an A-NPDC wastewater workshop, “An Overview of Wastewater Treatment on the Shore:  Treatment Techniques and Permitting Requirements.”  On June 13, 2012, there was an Eastern Shore Coastal Flooding on behalf of the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Working Group.  On July 11-12, 2012, Mr. Smith coordinated a Seaside Recreational Use Workshop, “Mapping Virginia’s Atlantic Coast Recreational Uses.”  On September 25, 2013, Mr. Smith had Norfolk-based Wetlands Watch presented their year-long street-level study of private homeowner’s insurance, focusing on how increasing rates and changes in coverage might affect shoreline communities in a Coastal Insurance Workshop, “The Cause and Effects of Rising Rates.”

The Chancellor’s Workforce Development Awards recognize outstanding contributions by workforce development services instructors, trainers, and staff.  Colleges select recipients based on course evaluations, years of service, assistance to the college in program development and support of the college in its success in serving Virginia’s workforce and community.  Recipients must be of outstanding character and proven to have provided time and talent to the community colleges to help serve the community.


From left to right: Sara Smith, Curt Smith, John Floyd, Julie Floyd, Eddie Swain (Dean of Workforce Development Services, ESCC), Gay Baynes, Bel Holden (Perdue Farms), Randy Stamper (Associate Vice Chancellor of WDS for Career Pathways, VCCS), Martha Costin