Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Workforce WednesdayThe Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Virginia Community College System (VCCS) honored 15 exemplary career and technical education programs and partnerships on June 8th at the annual Creating Excellence Awards Program in Richmond.

The VCCS Postsecondary CTE State Awards were presented in two categories:

1. Business and Industry Partnership Award
    ATOS Corporation, nominated by Southside Virginia Community College 

2. Program Award
    The Culinary Arts Program, nominated by J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College 
    The Women in STEM Program, nominated by Virginia Western Community College 

“These honorees are great examples of partnerships that connect K-12 education to community college credentials and real world employers,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “Their efforts are preparing the commonwealth’s workforce for the new Virginia economy.”

ATOS Corporation partnered with SVCC to train students for entry-level employment as network installers for their operations at Microsoft’s local data center. In addition, ATOS Corporation was instrumental in planning, designing and building SVCC’s Center for Information Technology Excellence Program (CITE), which replicates the technological environment in which an employee will work once hired.

JSRCC’s Culinary Arts Program is a hallmark career-technical program in their school of business. It is the only culinary program within the service area that is both American Culinary Federation (ACF) accredited and staffed 100% by full-time faculty possessing ACF professional certifications. Graduates from the program are recruited by national chains or the region’s finest kitchens, and several have gone on to open their own businesses.

The VWCC Women in Stem (WIS) program aims to increase female student participation and completion in under-represented, non-traditional STEM programs. In 2015-2016 the first Women in STEM Mentoring Program was launched with nine mentor pairs, which increased to 27 mentor pairs in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

*Featured image: Women In STEM Student Support Program (l to r) –  Linda Hurt, Sandra Workman, Amy White and Yvonne Campbell pose with (back row, l to r) Jim Antonick and Randy Stamper from the VCCS, as well as State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples. 

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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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