Chessnia Lawrence receives HR Excellence Award

Chessnia Lawrence, left, was presented the HR Excellence Award by HR Deputy Director Lisa Lassetter.

Chessnia Lawrence, left, was presented the HR Excellence Award by HR Deputy Director Lisa Lassetter.

Work on BIS Training & Events results in 176 hours of training, 300 users

A six-year department employee has been recognized for her work to implement BIS Training and Events (T&E).

Chessnia Lawrence was recently presented the Human Resources (HR) Excellence Award by HR Deputy Director Lisa Lassetter.

During the last several months, Lawrence has been a vital part of the T&E implementation project, according to HR officials.

The Office of Training and Professional Development began the department-wide T&E implementation in October 2014. Lawrence has assisted in numerous training sessions conducted throughout the state.

To date, the live T&E rollouts have resulted in 176 hours of training and nearly 300 users. Lawrence also provides technical support to numerous users for several hours daily.

What is the impact?

T&E further improves operations by providing one centralized database where all employee training data is maintained and monitored. T&E replaces all previous departmental methods of tracking staff training and provides streamlined auditing and reporting capabilities.

“(She) continues to assist in the development of system enhancements and provides technical assistance to the users throughout the state,” according to HR. “This support requires response to an inordinate volume of emails and telephone calls. … (She) consistently responds with professionalism and patience.”

Lawrence has worked for CDCR since May 2009. She started with the Office of Personnel Services and moved to the Office of Workforce Planning in February 2013. In October 2013, she came to the Office of Training and Professional Development.

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6 Responses

  1. Lt. M. D. Williams Thursday, June 4, 2015 / 9:44 am

    Chessnia Lawrence, I am so proud of you. I really enjoyed reading the two replies before me singing their agreement and your praises. Thank you for being a cut above and delivering service excellence. I am glad you were recognized for what God gave you. Keep up the good work! Great article, OPEC staff.

    Lt. M. D. Williams
    CCWF
    The Greatest Place in CDCR

    • Chessnia Lawrence Thursday, June 4, 2015 / 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate it!

  2. john.padilla@cdcr.gov.ca Wednesday, June 3, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    “This support requires response to an inordinate volume of emails and telephone calls. … (She) consistently responds with professionalism and patience.”
    I had to chuckle when I read the quote, feeling somewhat responsible for a healthy share of those calls and emails. However, I couldn’t agree more; you deliver service with a smile and it comes shining through. Congratulations! ~JP

    • Chessnia Lawrence Thursday, June 4, 2015 / 1:43 pm

      Thanks JP! Your calls always brighten my days anyway.

  3. Chessnia Lawrence Wednesday, June 3, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Thanks, Tish!

  4. Patricia Miller Wednesday, June 3, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Yay, Chessnia! You deserve that. You are so much help. Congratulations.

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