College Leaders, Economic Development Leaders And Educators To Discuss
August 13, 2002--Lt. Gov. Timothy
M. Kaine and community college leaders from around the state will
gather in Charlottesville later this month to kick off a new initiative
designed to improve training and establish standards for professionals
in workforce development in Virginia.
2002 Workforce Development Academy, to be held Aug. 25-28 at the
University of Virginia, will bring together experts in workforce
development to define the competencies required to work as a professional
in this emerging field with the ultimate goal of providing certification
for higher education and government professionals.
a Workforce Development Academy," will begin Sunday at 4:45
p.m. at the Charlottesville Omni Hotel. It is co-sponsored by the
Virginia Community College System and U.Va's School of Continuing
and Professional Studies.
makes the program really exciting is that the academy is a true
partnership between the Virginia Community College System and U.Va.
with both partners equally invested in the vision of the program,"
said Donna Klepper, director of the Charlottesville Center School
of Continuing and Professional Studies. "We believe that the
common resources uniquely position us to create the nationšs first
certification program that is targeted specifically to the workforce
development profession and that is based on research, field experience
and the expertise of professionals in community colleges and economic
highlights include talks by Kaine and Virginia Community College
System Chancellor Glenn DuBois. P. Anthony "Tony" Zeiss,
president of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C.,
will facilitate a session on how to "Assess and Implement Effective
Workforce Development Through Community Colleges." Zeiss is
nationally known for his innovative approaches to community college
funding in an effort to prevent turning away students.
out of a 1998 Virginia legislative initiative, the Virginia Community
College System has been charged with directing workforce training
at the postsecondary to the associate degree level, excluding vocational
and technical education provided through the public schools. The
community colleges currently provide flexible credit or non-credit
programs and services to meet the training needs of business and
2002 Workforce Development Academy will provide the groundwork for
a program of courses and training for community college and economic
development professionals with the goal of offering a fully developed
Workforce Development Academy in 2003. The curriculum will focus
on emerging issues in workforce development, adult learning, economic
development, environmental scanning, instructional design and international
perspectives, as well as core content areas designed by workforce
inaugural event hopes to bring together experts in workforce development
to identify skill standards and course needs for the academy. The
ultimate goal is to certify workforce development professionals
in Virginia and throughout the nation.
more information, contact Donna Klepper, director, Charlottesville
center School of Continuing and Professional Studies, at (434) 982-5315.
For a schedule of events, go to the Virginia Workforce Development
Services Web site, at http://www.vccs.edu/workforce/academy/institute02.htm
Contact: Katherine Jackson, (434) 924-3629