TechTober Month


WHEREAS, specialized, skilled, and technical jobs comprise over 45% of Virginia’s labor market; and 

WHEREAS, to build a workforce equipped for the new Virginia economy, we must prepare citizens for the needs of an increasingly diverse business climate by giving them the skills and credentials that are needed in high demand, technology business and industry; and

WHEREAS, Virginia needs to build a better awareness of technical career pathways to meet the demands of the current and future employers. Currently, 29, 827 jobs in information technology are unfilled when Virginia only graduated 3,268 students in information technology programs in the 2013-2014 school year; and

WHEREAS, Virginia needs to create stronger public-private partnerships to build a robust technical workforce pipeline.  TechTober will kick off a statewide mentor pledge that focuses on business and industry mentors, internships and support to students and teachers; and

WHEREAS, more Virginia students, especially females and minorities, will learn about the technical fields during Techtober, with an emphasis on information technology; and

WHEREAS, Virginia will continue to be a leader in technologies that include: information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, manufacturing technology, health technology, aerospace technology and environmental technology;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2014 as TechTober in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.