CHAMBER SUPPORTS INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORKFORCE CREDENTIALS INITIATIVE
(Charlottesville, Virginia – November 24) – The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced the Chamber’s strong support for an innovative “workforce credentials” initiative led by Virginia’s 23 Community Colleges. The Charlottesville Regional Chamber’s support is among the first Chambers in Virginia.
The Chamber’s support comes in a Chamber resolution approved by the Chamber Board of Directors at their regular monthly meeting held earlier this morning.
The Chamber resolution notes that the “Workforce Credentials: The Pathway to Virginia’s New Middle Class,” initiative presented in September by Dr. Glen DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, to the Virginia General Assembly, “has assessed the current and future state of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s workforce needs and reported the significant misalignment of those needs with the current state of the Commonwealth’s workforce training capacities – a large and increasing gap between the needs of enterprise and available training and certification that must be addressed.”
Chancellor DuBois’ report states that the “misalignment requires an understanding of the staffing ratio consistent throughout today’s workplace. In general, for every one job that requires an advanced degree, there are two jobs that require a bachelor’s degree, and seven jobs that require postsecondary training that leads to an associate’s degree or industry-recognized credential beyond a high school diploma but not a four-year degree.”
The Chamber resolution further notes that the proposal offers “an innovative approach, at reasonable levels of new investment, to building Virginia’s existing workforce by establishing a determined, effective performance-based program led by Virginia’s community colleges, to train and prepare an adequate, on-going and growing number of our fellow Virginia citizens with industry-recognized workforce credentials.”
The Chamber resolution states that the “Chamber fully supports innovative, reasonable investment by the Commonwealth of Virginia for enhanced industry-recognized workforce credentialing.”
The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities. The more than 1,200 Chamber member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in our community, generating a total payroll of more than $1.75 billion each year.