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Posted on: August 24, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Governor, mayor will help Hampton launch new workforce development initiatives


Aug. 24, 2018 - Hampton will officially launch its new workforce development initiatives - including the ACT Work Ready Communities program - on Thursday, Sept. 6 with a breakfast at the Hamptons Roads Convention Center. 

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will provide special remarks as the city embraces state and national programs designed to build and improve the local workforce. 

ACT is a non-profit dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success." Nationwide, nearly half of all states have at least one "work ready" community, and more than 18,500 employees recognize the national career readiness certificate that workers can earn through the ACT program.

Becoming a “work ready” community means the city is working: to help individuals understand the skills required by employers and how to prepare themselves for success; to help policy makers, community leaders and educators measure and close skill gaps in the system; to help economic developers use an on-demand reporting tool that quantifies the skill level of the local workforce.

The launch Thursday will include comments from Megan Healy, chief workforce development advisor for Virginia, Hampton City Manager Mary Bunting, Economic Development Directore Steven L. Lynch, and Pam Croom, workforce development coordinator for the city.

For more information, visit Hampton's ACT webpage.

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