Monday, January 18, 2016

VSBA Advocacy in Action at the General Assembly

This morning, the co-chairs of the VSBA Task Force on Workforce Readiness, Mr. Bill Kidd (VSBA President; School Board Member, Wythe County) and Dr. Tom Brewster (Superintendent, Pulaski County) presented to the House Education Committee to update the committee on their work and share the results of the recently completed statewide survey of Virginia school divisions on workforce readiness programs and initiatives.

Task Force co-chairs Bill Kidd and Tom Brewster present to the House Education Committee 

Since its creation, the task force has worked diligently to develop their mission, create the statewide survey, and analyze the results of the survey to offer key findings and recommendations. Some of the key findings outline the need for increased funding to sustain current programs, develop new programs, update equipment and resources, and obtain the highest quality instructors and greater collaboration between business/industry leaders and CTE. They also found that the ability to employ the most qualified personnel for CTE instruction is an ongoing issue and that increased collaboration with business and industry, the community college system, and the core school setting is necessary.

Task Force co-chairs respond to questions from legislators. 

The legislators were very receptive to the information shared by the task force co-chairs and were very engaged with thoughtful questions and comments. After the presentation, the co-chairs along with task force member, Dr. Greg Smith (Superintendent, Richmond County) met with additional members of the General Assembly. We came away from the meetings encouraged and energized. We heard genuine interest in working together to help students better prepare for the new economy. VSBA will continue to capitalize on this momentum throughout the session and into the coming months.

Members of the Task Force meet with state Senator Bill Carrico to discuss their survey results and key findings. 
For more information about the VSBA Task Force on Workforce Readiness please visit the VSBA website