2017 Workforce Development Month


WHEREAS, the economic prosperity of every region in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the ability of our businesses and industries to compete in the global economy are dependent on the availability of a skilled workforce; and

WHEREAS, the diversification of Virginia’s economy and today’s dynamic labor market requirements place new demands on individuals and employers at all levels; and

WHEREAS, a growing economy depends on the quality of relevant education and job training programs that help people prepare for jobs in demand; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes that the quality and preparedness of the state’s workforce are the shared responsibilities of many individuals and organizations, both public and private; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s publicly-funded workforce system involves the coordinated efforts of eight state agencies and twenty-four workforce programs, designed to support individuals and build a talent-pipeline for Virginia’s existing and emerging industry sectors described in the New Virginia Economy plan; and

WHEREAS, as Governor, I have supported unprecedented new investments in workforce skills development and credential attainment through the Virginia Workforce Credential Grant program, created the Virginia Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program to expand the pipeline of talent entering the high demand field of cyber security, and changed the way high schools prepare students for careers; and

WHEREAS, I have extended new financial incentives to help businesses train new workers and elevate the skills of their existing workforce, capitalized on connecting veterans with Virginia employers through the Virginia Values Veterans and the Virginia Military Medics and Corpsman programs, and created incentives for employers to start new Registered Apprenticeship programs in non-traditional industries; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development and fifteen local workforce development boards provide strategic leadership to identify regional workforce challenges and convene stakeholders to develop and deploy solutions; and

WHEREAS, a network of more than sixty-five One Stop Career Centers across Virginia provide access to a wide-variety of workforce programs designed to support individuals into employment and help businesses find the talent they need; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s Community College System, through its twenty-three colleges on forty campuses, provides work-class education and workforce training that enables individuals to gain the knowledge and skills to advance in their career and increase their earning potential; and 

WHEREAS, Virginia’s Career Technical Education programs help more than one million high school students year get on a career pathway, earn credentials for jobs, and advance to a postsecondary education; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s dedicated workforce professional work tirelessly to deliver workforce solutions for businesses and individuals to meet the global challenges of tomorrow; and

WHEREAS, as the capacity of Virginia’s workforce grows, so will Virginia’s ability to attract and retain the best jobs, resulting in increased wages and a better standard of living for all Virginia families;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2017 as WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.