Jaynes Announces Retirement from CCC&TI, Receives Governor’s Long Leaf Pine Award
After 40 years as an educator, Beverly Jaynes, who currently serves as Department Chair for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s College and Career Readiness Division (formerly known as Basic Skills), has announced her retirement.
At her recent retirement celebration, Jaynes was also presented with the Governor’s Longleaf Pine Award. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina, is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Contributions to their communities, extra effort in their careers, and many years of service to their organizations are some of the guidelines by which recipients are selected for this award.
Jaynes began her career as a public school teacher in 1974 after earning her Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1983, CCC&TI hired Jaynes to teach Basic Skills courses in local furniture factories as a part-time instructor. Four years later, Jaynes was appointed to lead a partnership between Broyhill Industries and CCC&TI’s Basic Skills department to help improve reading levels among factory employees. “The effort endured for more than 10 years and saw hundreds of students improve their reading skills and obtain a secondary credential,” said Jaynes.
In 1998, the college’s Basic Skills Division was expanded. “Thanks to the vision of [College President] Dr. Ken Boham, this seminal event provided a structure for the department that resulted in a staff with great longevity at the institution,” said Jaynes. “Over time, we grew a department that has been recognized across the state for excellence, innovation and integrity.”
Jaynes was named Department Chair of Basic Skills in 2004 and has served in that capacity for the last 10 years.
In her 30 years at the college, Jaynes has seen a number of changes in how students are reached and how needs are met, citing several innovative programs over the years including the college’s Family Resource Center, Compass Program and Dual Enrollment or Pathways Programs. In addition, the department and its employees have received a number of accolades with Jaynes at the helm. “My goal when I assumed the position of Department Chair was to make sure that there was no one in the state who did not know and respect the Basic Skills programs at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. I wanted this program to be the best there is and for Caldwell to be one of the top ‘go-to’ programs for how a high quality program operates,” said Jaynes.
Many would say that Jaynes achieved that goal as evidenced by the fact that since 2004, the department has been recognized as “The Outstanding Basic Skills Program” for the state twice, it has produced two Students of the Year, two Staff of the Year, two Toyota National Family Literacy Teachers of the Year, and a number of students who have presented keynote speeches at national conferences. In addition, CCC&TI’s College and Career Readiness staff members are in demand as trainers and presenters in national, state and regional venues and many curricula developed at CCC&TI are in use nationally.
Asking what she would miss most about CCC&TI was like opening a flood gate holding back three decades of stories and experiences with colorful characters, dedicated educators and successful students. Stories included a student who came to class in a ninja costume; a graduation speaker who had found her way to class after writing the contact number for CCC&TI in the dust on her car’s dashboard; field trips with students; special parties for students earning their U.S. citizenship; fundraising efforts for students in need; and, of course, annual graduation ceremonies celebrating the accomplishments of the thousands of students who have earned a credential through College and Career Readiness courses at CCC&TI. “It has been one of my life’s great pleasures to serve the students at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. From the moment I walked into my first class, I knew this was the ‘fit’ of a lifetime, and from that time I have never felt like an employee, I have felt like a partner in the effort to create opportunities for students to reach their full potential.”
In her retirement, Jaynes hopes to travel, garden and be creative, while spending time at her homes in Lenoir and Virginia. Jaynes also serves on several local boards and will continue her civic and volunteer work in the community. “I plan on doing whatever strikes my fancy,” she said. “And not looking back.”
CCC&TI congratulates Beverly Jaynes on her upcoming retirement.