Summit for Educational Pathways

The 2018 Summit for Educational Pathways was held at Longwood University’s Blackwell Ballroom on October 4th.

“Today we began an important discussion that is paramount to the growth of our region. It focuses on one key component – tomorrow’s workforce and the role (s) we can all share. Now we want you to reflect on the discussions and the six questions shared at your table. Given the resources you have, and other resources you have learned about today, please discuss your ideas for enhancing career development opportunities in the skilled trades. We would like to have at least one attainable action item from each table. More would be terrific, but if we leave with a few impactful ideas, we can count today a success. Today is not the end of the process. We will be reaching out to you in the coming weeks to discuss ideas and next steps. We’ve already proven the value of simple conversations in generating workable solutions, and we want that process to continue.”

Attended the Summit?

The Keynote Address was given by Jim Fong of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s Center for Research and Strategy.

Panel Discussion

A discussion was held around 6 key questions:

  1. If we work together to promote careers in trades and technology, what will the education system look like?
  2. How should educational institutions partner with local business and industry to promote careers in trades and technology?
  3. How do our education systems need to meet the needs of multigenerational learners?
  4. How does technology impact jobs and career preparation?
  5. What can we do to retain talented leaders in our workforce and in our community?
  6. How can we fill the skilled trades gap?

Thank you to our partners who helped make the event a great success!

Longwood University Office of Community & Economic Development

Longwood College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Longwood Small Business Development Center
Southside Virginia Community College