Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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 theworkforcewed-newsquare2 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.

The evening ended with the Governor’s proclamation of Elevate Virginia Workforce Month. Highlights of the proclamation include a focus on giving Virginians the skills and credentials for high demand business and industries, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development’s role in driving workforce policies, the State Career Pathways Work Group’s representation of eight state agencies and 24 workforce development programs, Virginia’s fifteen Local Workforce Investment Boards, the Workforce Development Divisions of Virginia’s Community Colleges and the Virginia Longitudinal Data System. 

Elevate Virginia, the new brand of the Virginia workforce system, represents a statewide network of agencies and programs committed to increasing workforce credentials and jobs creation by developing a highly-skilled workforce and building a new Virginia economy with all of the entities and partners cited above along with the private sector. 

Pictured above: (from left) Advisor for Workforce Development Elizabeth Creamer; Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones; Governor Terry McAuliffe; Danny Vargas, Chair of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development and Secretary of Education Anne Holton.'

Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before joining the Virginia Community College System as the Workforce Communications Coordinator.

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