The Building Code Academy staff recently held its biennial Instructor Refresher course for all Jack A. Proctor Building Code Academy instructors. The event was held in Richmond on Jan. 24 with more than 70 attendees and featured an array of speakers, awards luncheon and even a fashion show featuring some of our very own DHCD staff.
The morning started with two great sessions from Matt Thompson with Dale Carnegie Training and Joyce Major from Customer Star Services and Joyce E. Major and Associates Inc. Both gave great lessons on the best way to engage students. Instructors learned best practices including tips on PowerPoint presentations, body language, learning tools, how to be engaging and much more.
The lunch featured special guest speaker Daphne Maxwell Reid. Best known as Aunt Vivian from the hit comedy “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Reid spoke about her triumphs and tribulations she has overcome to be successful in her life, both personal and professional.
The highlight of lunch was the fashion show put on by instructors and a few of our own DHCD staff members, including Tracy Smithers and Wendy Baker. The Code Academy purchased new logoed clothing for its instructors, and the only way to truly showcase the new fashion line was through the fashion show. The instructors worked their stuff across the stage and throughout the crowd and just made those clothes look good!
The event ended with a special presentation by George Lawrence Starke, a former offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins. After retiring from the NFL, Starke opened a car dealership in Washington D.C. After seeing a surge in violence among youth in the area he called home, Starke decided to start a school to teach the troubled youth a trade to help secure them jobs and keep them off the streets and out of trouble.
The event was a huge success for DHCD. Not only were the instructors able to listen and learn from outstanding speakers, but it provided a rare opportunity for all instructors from across the state to get together and network. Kudos to the code academy staff who took on this event!