Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Workforce WednesdayGovernor McAuliffe recently recognized February as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, highlighting opportunities this type of education offers Virginians, including lifelong skills development, career choices, expanded earning potential and job satisfaction.

Tim RobertsonManufacturing is growing in Virginia. Finding employees with the fundamental technical skills modern manufacturing environments require, however, is a challenge.

The ideal solution is to build stronger partnerships between employers and schools so that students are introduced early to the career potential in manufacturing. High school and postsecondary programs that prepare students academically and technically can help.

In high school, Virginia students learn essential academic skills for employment and the foundational technical skills manufacturing careers require.

Tim Robertson (pictured left) graduated from Danville Community College in the Manufacturing technology Program and is now employed with Rolls Royce.

James Antonick with the Virginia Community College System, Office of Workforce Development shared this observation:

“The theme for CTE Month is ‘Education That Works’. Implicit in this statement is that CTE strives to prepare students for both academics and careers. Today’s Career and Technical Education programs are not your granddaddy’s vocational educational programs. In Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System collaborate to provide students with pathways to success to both further their

academics and careers. Students in today’s CTE programs benefit from both rigorous core academics together with high-level technical curriculums.”

For more information on Career and Technical Education, please contact your local community college'

Virginia's Community Colleges

Created more than 50 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 270,000 students a year in credit and workforce courses.

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