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


Last spring, NVTC and the NOVA SySTEMic Solutions program launched the NVTC STEM Challenge, an initiative to help build a tech savvy regional workforce. Join your NVTC colleagues in committing volunteer hours during the 2014-2015 school year to help us meet our goal of logging 10,000 volunteer hours.

2013 NVTC Legislative Agenda also includes STEM education and workforce

NVTC signs a resolution of support and cooperation with NOVA SySTEMic Solutions.
Our Committee will be a vehicle to carry out some of the action items

Launch of the new free state STEM internship program.


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

To Be Announced

To see the entire lineup of NVTC Events click here.

Veterans Resources

VA's Mentor-Protégé program www.va.gov/osdbu/veteran/mpp.asp
Paralyzed Veterans of America www.pva.org
US Chamber of Commerce www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes
American Legion www.legion.org/careers
Microsoft training vouchers: www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/community-tools/job-skills/veterans


Committee Meetings & Events List

Northern Virginia Technology Council - Event Calendar

NVTC STEM Challenge: 10,000 Volunteer Hours
April 30, 2014

The Role of the Business Community in Building the STEM Pipeline

Industry Partnerships with K-12 and higher education institutions in Loudoun County: Identifying the ROI.
February 28, 2014

Panelists will include:

  • Shirley Bazdar, Director of Career and Technical & Adult Education, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS)
  • Odette Scovel, Science Supervisor, LCPS
  • Paula Harper, Executive Director of Program Development and Management, George Washington University, Virginia Science and Technology Campus
  • Robert DuPree, Manager, Government Affairs, Telos
  • Tosin Adetoro, STEM Coordinator, NOVA SySTEMic Solutions
SySTEMic Solutions Presentation
Telos Presentation
The Academies of Loudoun Presentation

2nd in Panel Series on strong reciprocal partnerships and local school systems.
January 24, 2014

Partnerships with Prince William Region Public Schools: Identifying the ROI


Brian Wolfe, CIO, Logis-Tech, Inc.; Chair, PW Chamber of Commerce STEM Council;
Sharon Henry, Executive Director, SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS;
Aleksander Marthinussen, STEM Education Coordinator, NOVA SySTEMic Solutions; Member of PW Chamber STEM Council and Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation (MCPSEF) Board;
Christy Reavis, Executive Director, BELL, the Education Foundation for Manassas Park City Schools (MPCS);
Jamie Medders McNealy, Co-Founder, Tri-Ed Tutoring; Regional Director, Invent Now, Inc.; Co-Chair, PW Chamber Education Committee; Member of MCPSEF Board;
Zuzana Steen, University and Academic Relations Manager, Micron Technology, Inc.; Chair, NVTC Workforce and Ed. Com; Member of Boards of SPARK, BELL, MCPSEF, and NVCC Educational Foundation and Advisory Board of Virginia Career & Technical Education (CTE) and PWCS CTE.


Micron supports Community and Schools: Why?
SySTEMic Solutions: Inspiring Minds for Advanced Technology
Partnering in the Prince William Region
Business Engagement with S.T.E.M

Meeting Summary:

According to the meeting panelists and their statistics, the Prince William region has become the center for robotics with its highest concentration of robotics teams and competitions - VEX, FIRST LEGO League (FLL), SeaPerch - as compared to the rest of Virginia and all of the U.S. There has been a number of successful programs that came out as a result of partnerships in this region that K-12 students and teachers have benefited from greatly, such as NOVA SySTEMic Solutions that has been expanding into all of Northern Virginia and also one daily 70-minute STEM Subject for all elementary school students in Manassas Park City Schools.

Panelists Brian Wolfe from LogisTech and Zuzana Steen from Micron Technology summarized their return on investment (ROI)/reasons why their companies are involved in giving back to area schools by volunteering, donations, giving tours, etc.

ROI from perspective of business panelists:

  • Workforce Development/Pipeline of Talent - short, mid and long-term
  • Promote Quality of Life (Housing, Schools)
  • Provide Challenge Beyond 8-5 grind
  • Make a Direct Impact on Their Own Community and Children
  • Skill Retention and Development
  • For the Kid in All of Us - STEM activities and Robots Are Cool
  • Employee Retention
  • Build a good will in the community
  • Brand name recognition
  • Oh and Altruism - It feels right...

Workforce Development
September 27, 2013

Janet S. Clarke
NOVA Workforce Development Manager
Specializing in Government and IT
Training, Testing, Education & Certifications

"The Driver of Economic Growth & Success" - Presentation

1st in Panel Series on strong reciprocal partnerships and local school systems.
May 3, 2013

Partnerships with Fairfax County Public Schools: Identifying the ROI

Panelists and topics:

Overview of FCPS Partnerships
  • Jay Garant, Coordinator, Business and Community Advisory Council, FCPS
  • The workings of a school based partnership (Time Warner Cable and Hutchison ES)
  • Harriet Dubois, Director, Quality Assurance Test, Time Warner Cable; member of Superintendent's Business and Community Advisory Council
  • The workings of an Academy Based partnership with a focus on Workforce Development
  • Lynn Gilmore, Director, Community Affairs and Philanthropy, (new role: Manager, Central Region) Northrop Grumman; member of Superintendent's Business and Community Advisory Council
  • Joan Ozdogan, Career Experience Specialist, Chantilly Governor's STEM Academy, FCPS
  • Overview of Career Experience Opportunities
  • Cara Kirby, Senior Career Experience Specialist, FCPS

  • Veterans' Employment Panel
    April 5, 2013

    Ryan Ballard, President, Solar4Soldiers and Western MD Solar
    Jon Kesler, Principal Consultant and Veteran Outreach Coordinator, MITRE Corp.
    Edward Crenshaw, President, Destin Enterprises
    Mike ONeill, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
    Carl S. Savino, President, Competitive Edge Services Inc.

    Presentation slides

    Physics Slice of the STEM Education and Workforce Puzzle | Partnerships in Practice to Address the Challenge of Finding, Training and Placing Workers
    February 1, 2013

    Guest Speakers:

    Susan White, American Institute of Physics (AIP), discussed the Physics slice of the STEM education and workforce puzzle. AIP has expertise on collecting data from K-12, colleges/universities, and employers to present a unified perspective of the pipeline. AIP also provides valuable educational resources. Could this be a model for other STEM fields? www.aip.org

    Jeff Fox, Managing Director, The nanoSTAR Institute (The Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research) , University of Virginia talked about new partnership with local high schools, NOVA and businesses for STEM majors.

    Presentation slides

    STEM Research and Strategies
    January 11, 2013

    Guest Speakers:

    Claus von Zastrow, COO/Director of Research, {Change the Equation}, "STEM Research, Data and Vital Signs: Can Virginia Meet the Demand?"

    Holly Kortright, Senior VP of HR, Deltek, "Strategy to attract, engage, develop and retain talent to meet business needs and HR Leadership Awards"

    2012 Year End Summary

    We have had a wide range of speakers this year and, judging from the discussions these are generating, we are touching on topics of interest to you. As we plan for 2013, we are seeking your input on topics. What do you think about the following? What do you really want to learn about?

    • Education & training budgets and legislation at the local, state and federal levels?
    • Workforce-related legislation-the role of local, state and federal government on hiring incentives, H-1B visas?
    • Healthcare workforce needs and training
    • Cybersecurity workforce needs and certification and education
    • Deeper look at veterans' hiring and on-boarding and adjustment to civilian life and work.
    • Best practice examples of corporate/education partnerships
    There are endless possibilities, so what topics interest you? Do you have any speakers you recommend-please let us know who they are regardless whether or not you know them. We want to make 2013 as interesting and useful to you possible.

    Employee Loyalty in Today Workplace
    December 7, 2012

    Speaker- George Newstrom, Dell and NVTC Board Member, Employee loyalty in today's workplace.

    Meeting Presentation

    Panel Discussion on Internships
    November 2, 2012

    • Joan Prosack, Sr. HR Manager, Deltek
    • Allen Lowe, Year Up alumni and IT Technician, Deltek
    • April Brisky, completed her internship in Howard Hughes Medical Institute and successfully graduated from the NOVA program
    • Lisa Kimball, Vice President, Telos

    STEM internship program October 5, 2012

    Guest Speaker: Mary Sandy, Director, Virginia Space Grant Consortium
    "Introduction to the new free state STEM internship program"

    New Workforce Issue of NVTC VOICE Magazine

    The Threat of Sequestration
    September 14, 2012

    Speaker- Dr. Lisa Oakley-Bogdewic, The MITRE Corporation-Sequestration and its potential impact on contractors.

    Meeting Notes

    High profile speakers in the STEM education and employment arena and a productive discussion. June 1, 2012

    NVTC Workforce and Education Committee Meeting Notes

    STEM Collaboration
    May 4, 2012

    Guest Speaker: Will Anderson, MBRT's CTO (Maryland Business Roundtable for Education) and lead architect of STEMnet.

    STEMnet: How the corporate and education partners are engaging, and the roadmap ahead.

    MBRT is a coalition of Maryland's leading employers working to support education. MBRT co-chaired development of the Governor's STEM Plan, and is now leading the creation of Maryland's STEM Innovation Network - STEMnet - the Plan's 7th recommendation that will facilitate achievement of the preceding six recommendations. The first component of STEMnet is a "Hub" for STEM Teachers, a model that many states and organizations are interested in.


    Veterans Employment Practices Panel
    April 13, 2012


    Carl S. Savino, President, Competitive Edge Services, Inc., Corporate Gray Books / Job Fairs / Online

    Carl Floyd, Veterans Representative, VEC Workforce Center

    David F. Wallace, USNR(Ret), Military Relations Manager- Capitol Region, Corporate Talent Acquisition, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Notes from the Veterans Employment Practices Panel. April 13, 2012

    Maryland Business Roundtable for Education Presentation: STEM collaboration - What's happening in Maryland

    Workforce Development and Retraining
    March 9, 2012

    Speaker: Srikanth Ramachandran, President and CEO of Multivision Inc.

    As Founder and President, Srikanth Ramachandran is the principal architect of the company's growth strategy and strategic leadership. He is responsible for identifying market plays, generating new business and to provide the vision for the company. Srikanth oversees administration, finance, sales, client relations and workforce development program.

    Under his direction, Multivision has shown consistent growth since inception, receiving various recognition and appreciations. He is mainly credited for spearheading various corporate-wide initiatives, resulting in continuous growth. Srikanth is the visionary behind Multivision's Workforce Development Program, which is showing sensational growth and a positive future for the company.

    He has more than 15 years of IT industry experience and was recently honored as Smart CEO magazine's "FUTURE 50 Smart CEO". He has extensive experience working as a consultant to the US Navy.


    Center for Educational Excellence - Addressing the Growing STEM Skills Gap
    February 3, 2012

    Guest Speaker Joann DiGennaro, President, Center for Excellence in Education


    Entrepreneur Center overview, NVTC Job Shadow Day and other business outreach to local high schools
    January 13, 2012

    Guest Speaker:
    Kristin D'Amore, Director of The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC

    Quality STEM Education and Industry Involvement = Quality Workforce
    December 2, 2011

    Micron, its Foundation and STEM Education
    Creating a STEM-Focused Children's Museum in Northern Virginia - Childrens Science Center
    STEM Education Outreach - Lockheed Martin

    The Northern Virginia Public Workforce System - How It Can Support Your Business
    November 4, 2011

    The SkillSource Group, Inc. and the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board

    IT Workforce Needs and Skill Gap in Northern Virginia by NOVA and GMU Center for Regional Analysis
    October 7, 2011

    • Overview of Current & Projected Workforce Data
    • "Reality Check" Discussion with Committee Members
    • Follow Up Action Steps

    Download the slide deck from this meeting.

    What does it take to run a successful internship program for precollege or college students? A few companies discussed their programs and some success stories.
    January 20, 2011

    Confirmed participants
    Laila Moretto (moderating), MITRE Corporation
    Jennifer Kinder, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Audrea Wirta, HR Manager, Micron Technology
    Michele Nieman, Northrup Grumman Corporation

    Key Factors That Distinguish High Performing Companies - Is Your Company in Alignment?
    December 17, 2010


    2010 Growth Research Report
    NVTC Organizations Poised for Growth
    2010 Strategy, Leadership & Change Research PowerPoint

    Center for Minority Achievement in Science and Technology (CMAST)
    September 18, 2009

    Organizational Overview | USAGraduate.com Overview

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