April 16, 2012
PVCC Employee Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from National Association
Charlottesville, VA - Laura Symons, coordinator of Piedmont Virginia Community College's Learning Center, is the recipient of the 2012 National Tutoring Association (NTA) Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award is presented each year to a professional whose career is dedicated to developing, maintaining and evaluating strong tutoring services. "Laura's dedication to the Learning Center's mission to help our students develop the skills they need to achieve their academic potential is unparalleled," said PVCC President Frank Friedman. "We are extremely proud of Laura and congratulate her on this professional achievement."
Symons was presented with the award during the NTA's 20th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The NTA is the oldest and largest professional association dedicated exclusively to tutoring and represents the interests of thousands of tutors in the U.S. and 13 other countries.
Symons is past-president of the College Reading and Learning Association and served on the board of the National Tutoring Association for 10 years. Before coming to PVCC, she founded the Writing Center at Lynchburg College and the Academic Resource Center at Sweet Briar College. Certified as a master-level trainer, Symons has consulted on tutor-program design and trained tutors and trainers in numerous colleges throughout the U.S.