Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I had just sat down on my couch with my morning cup of coffee when I turned the TV on to catch the end of the morning news. Bill Bosher, former Virginia Superintendent of Schools, was finishing his weekend editorial with the final thought, “Have you needed a plumber recently?” This was a statement I could relate to as my toddler recently developed a habit of flushing toys down the toilet.

Link to the video here: NBC12.com – Richmond, VA News

 We also recently built a house. On top of mini-disasters they help my family overcome, plumbers, electricians, HVAC, framers, masons, roofers and heavy equipment operators to name a few, have been an important part of my life this past year.

Graduation season is upon us and Dr. Bosher makes a great point, “While we should be proud of those who are continuing their education, we should also be proud of the students who have acquired skills and certifications that will make them successful in the work place.”

Workforce WednesdayEducation does come in all forms. In 2013, over 68,000 individuals took workforce courses at Virginia’s 23 community colleges. Many times, these courses then lead to industry certifications and credentials that employ a large portion of our state’s workforce. Once our plumbers, electricians, advanced manufacturing workers, mechanics, welders (and the list goes on) have obtained these valuable skills, they are ready to transition right into work.

So hats off to all of Virginia’s graduates and let’s remember the important goal here: to get everyone to work, no matter what your path may be.  

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 trading in the city lifestyle to raise her family in Hanover, Virginia. She has worked at Virginia’s Community Colleges for over 2 years promoting Workforce Development.

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