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Govenor McAulliffe Kicks Off Elevate Virginia Workforce Month

Govenor McAulliffe Kicks Off Elevate Virginia Workforce Month

Taken from VCCS blog post:

Workforce leaders from across the state gathered at the Governor’s mansion on the eve of Sept. 30 for the unveiling of Virginia’s new workforce brand, Elevate Virginia, and the kickoff of Elevate Virginia Workforce Month.

Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, offered remarks about the administration’s commitment to workforce development and training – to ensure all Virginians are afforded access to a world class education and workforce system. Danny Vargas, Chair of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development, announced the new workforce brand for the state – Elevate Virginia. As chief executive officer and chief workforce development officer for the commonwealth, Governor McAuliffe reaffirmed workforce development as a top priority of his administration, laid out in Executive Order 23: New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative.

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Governor McAuliffe and Chancellor DuBois Focus on the Future for Virginia’s Workforce

Governor McAuliffe and Chancellor DuBois Focus on the Future for Virginia’s Workforce

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.”

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