During the annual Chancellor’s Retreat at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen, Chancellor Glenn DuBois discussed the focus of the Virginia Community System’s (VCCS) next strategic plan, stating:
“Most importantly, it challenges us to make a meaningful difference in Virginia’s quality of life. The next strategic plan has just one goal. That’s it, just a single goal. And that goal is to triple the numbers of credentials awarded annually by the year 2021. In hard numbers, that means we will go from 38,000 credentials awarded last year to no fewer than 114,000 by the year. This means that student success, in the form of credential attainment, will no longer be among our priorities. It becomes the priority.”
Appropriately, at the retreat, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 23 establishing “The New Virginia Economy” Workforce Initiative, which will be led by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.
“In order to remain globally competitive, it is critical that Virginia workers have the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century.”
The emphasis on bolstering the economy with a productive, competitive and qualified workforce – rich with nationally recognized certifications – is at the forefront of the initiative in four ways: increasing post secondary education and workforce credentials, securing employment for veterans, aligning education with the needs of businesses, and diversifying the economy.
Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) is the workforce partnership between John Tyler Community College and J. Sargent Reynolds Community College. Through the partnership and mission, CCWA provides certification courses, programs and career readiness services that are parallel with the Governor’s initiative and the priority for the Virginia Community College’s strategic plan to increase credentials by 2021. Click here to learn more about CCWA offerings.