Workforce professionals from across the state of Virginia gathered in Hampton, Virginia last week for a conference dedicated to professional development and sharing strategies for helping Virginians with job training and employment services.
“You cannot do economic development without having sufficient supplies of talent with the right credentials and competencies,” Maurice Jones, secretary of commerce and trade told a crowd of over 400 practitioners during his keynote address. “Workforce development and economic development are one in the same.”
Jones thanked the crowd for the work they do to improve the lives of Virginians. “It’s really about changing lives and I know you do that. It’s more than job training, it’s about genuine life,” said Jones.
Fellow keynote speaker John Harvey, secretary of veterans and defense affairs, noted that community colleges are the anchor point for veteran employment in Virginia. “What you all are doing at the community colleges is changing veterans’ lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking care of these individuals who need a fresh start at life,” said Harvey.
Workforce programs represented at the conference included: adult career coaches, high school career coaches, Great Expectations coaches, College Success coaches, Middle College staff, On Ramp staff, Rapid Response staff, Perkins leaders, and WIA practitioners (including One Stop Center Staff, WIB Directors and Service Providers).
A special thanks to the event sponsors: Snagajob, Virginia Credit Union, Geographic Solutions, Essential Education, JobShop Inc., Vocational Research Institute, Virginia Education Wizard, Dynamic Works and Attronica.
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