The Virginia Building Code Academy (VBCA) held its third annual Instructor professional development day. Nearly 70 instructors attended this year’s event and were treated to a day filled with training designed to provide self reflection and stretching outside the comfort of their instruction skill box. Joyce Major led the instructors through identifying their own personality types using the Myer Briggs to explore how those various personality types impact the classroom. DHCD’s very own Rajan Engh facilitated the instructors through the exciting technologies new to the academy to expand their teaching tool box and learning how to energize the classroom using a little improvisation.
During the luncheon portion of the day, the instructors were treated to a brief fashion show highlighting the latest instructor attire. Our instructor models walked the runaway as if it was their second career.
The VBCA had the pleasure of recognizing two of its outstanding instructors for the 2014 instructional year. Emory Rodgers, deputy director for DHCD, recognized Curt Campbell from Chesterfield County for his many years of dedication to instruction and curriculum development. Campbell taught plumbing inspection and code change training, mentored new instructors and participated in updating the presentations. Our students and the VBCA staff will miss him as he prepares to retire this year.
Cheri Hainer, building official from Virginia Beach, was honored as Instructor of the Year for her good stewardship of development and learning that continuously raises the professionalism of the students, the academy and the industry. Hainer is an active instructor of multiple disciplines, instrumental in the development of new programs and always willing to assist whenever possible.
The luncheon ended with a terrific keynote address delivered by Henry Green, president of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Green commended Virginia for its role in code development and successes with BOCA and ICC. He highlighted the VBCA for being a model for other jurisdictions in moving professionalism forward through training, as well as praising the Virginia volunteer spirit. In summary, the positive outcome all of these efforts have on building safety, along with the work of the NIBS, showcases how we are all striving for the same goal.
The event was a huge success and the VBCA instructors left feeling energized and ready to tackle the upcoming training year. To view pictures from the event, click here.