Workforce and Education Committee

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Mission Statement

The Workforce and Education Committee is dedicated to helping member companies recruit, educate, and retain a world class workforce that is capable of creatively solving complex technology challenges and inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit of employees and organizations.

Our mission will be accomplished by:

  • Strengthening the relationship with educational institutions and students.
  • Aligning our efforts with other organizations in the region.
  • Advocating our own agenda in areas of workforce at the county, state, and national levels.
  • Sharing best practices.
  • Providing information about workforce trends.
Taskforce Initiatives

Student/School-Workplace Initiatives: NVTC member companies interact with students and schools (P-20) in many creative ways and other companies would benefit from hearing about these initiatives and what makes them successful. Interested members will document best practices/lessons learned for school-employer relationships; internships, sponsorships, collaborations, teachers-in-the-workplace, and more.

Employer-School Communication: How employers K-12 and higher education can better communicate to develop a robust pipeline of employees with the skills needed to meet the short, medium and long-term needs of the regions' employers. For more information about the projected, critical skills gap, please see the reports on the Committee's website in the Event Archives.

School-Parent Communication: Closely related is an interest in developing strategies for communicating with K-12 parents about STEM career opportunities and STEM education options. The goal of the "Employer To Parents Communications" taskforce is to give parents direct and time-sensitive information so they can help guide their children towards future gainful employment and help them make informed decisions about education options.

Veterans in the Workplace: How can local companies and organizations improve hiring and on-boarding and full engagement of exiting military personnel into the Northern Virginia workforce. What works? What doesn't? What still needs to be better understood. This is a huge initiative for the region and many NVTC members are leading the way or are interested to learn how they can be leaders in hiring veterans.

Speaker and Programs Initiative: Can you help us find speakers on STEM topics or who have expertise in creating a well-tuned workforce in times of skills shortages such as recruiting strategies, re-skilling current employees, engagement, and diversity (critical as the workforce is shifting in terms of generations, culture, and experience).

Committee Leaders

Steve Partridge
Northern Virginia Community College

Erin Madden
Capital One


While members will be alerted to calendar changes, please check our committee web page for updates.

Topics of discussion at future meetings will include: - IT companies-specific topics concerning HR/workforce development professionals; Retiring military men and women and their integration into corporate IT world; Examples of best internship practices in local IT companies; Virtual Education Expo; STEM education: creating short, mid and long term workforce pipeline.

Committee Meetings - Northern Virginia Technology Council To Be Announced
Upcoming Events

February 7, 2018
Featuring Talent Provider Showcase
Registration: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Networking & Breakfast
Meeting: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Additional Networking
Center of Innovative Technology
2214 Rock Hill Road
Herndon , VA

Please join NVTC and the Workforce and Education Committee for an event connecting tech employers and talent providers in our region. Network and discuss the technology workforce needs of Greater Washington's employers, innovative ways companies are finding top talent and how the region's academic institutions are developing programs to produce graduates with the most in-demand skills.

During the event, a panel will discuss the outcomes and best practices gathered by the NVTC Tech Talent Initiative, including how NVTC members are working together to develop the region's talent ecosystem.

Threase Baker, President, ABBTECH Professional Services
Ray Khuo, Chief Human Capital Officer, Altamira Technologies Corporation
Kendy Rusiewski, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, Deloitte

Tonia Patt, Principal, My Talent Consultant

The event also will include a Talent Provider Showcase where employers can connect with the region's academic institutions and talent providers to learn about their tech-focused programs and how to partner to find and recruit skilled talent in our region.

Exhibiting Talent Providers:
  • George Mason University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Tech

  • Sponsors: Northern Virginia Community College; George Mason University

    To find out more about this event, CLICK HERE

    February 15, 2018
    Office Ergonomics, Universal Design and Assistive Technology
    Meeting: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


    Paula K. Marin, OTR/L, Assistive Technology Specialist with the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities will discuss Office Ergonomics, Universal Design and Assistive Technology within the IT field.
    Emily McKeough, Assistive Technology (AT) Access Coordinator for Virginia's federally funded AT Act Program, the Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS).
    Paula Martin received her Occupational Therapy degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1983. She has worked in inpatient / outpatient and vocation rehabilitation specializing in OT / AT and job accommodations for people with a variety of disabilities. She also worked in mental health inpatient and community reentry. She is now the Assistive Technology specialist for the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities Project, a part of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitation. She has been an adjunct professor for several Occupational Therapy Colleges / Universities in Virginia. She has spoken at many conferences on AT including American Occupational Therapy Association, American Spinal Injury Association, and the World Federation of Occupational Therapist.

    Emily McKeough has considerable experience providing AT trials and evaluations, outreach, and training on assistive technology devices and services on the local, state, and national level. Ms. McKeough holds an undergraduate degree from Bridgewater College and a Masters Degree in Assistive Technology from George Mason University. During Ms. McKeough's professional career, she has considerable work experience providing AT services in educational (secondary and post-secondary), employment and community settings.

    To find out more about this event, CLICK HERE

    March 15, 2018
    Diversity at Work and Disability Etiquette
    Meeting: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Webinar


    LaPearl Smith, Business Development Manager, Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services
    Diane McBride, Business Relation Specialist, Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired will provide information on diversity at work and disability etiquette.

    To find out more about this event, CLICK HERE

    To see the entire lineup of NVTC Events click here.

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