The Education and Workforce Development Committee works to foster relationships between education and business to meet the 21st-century workforce development challenges. The committee meets to discuss strategies that will prepare Arlington students for a career, continued education, or citizenship, and then advises the Chamber on those strategies. The overall goal of this committee is to enhance Arlington’s ability to keep and attract talent and to help businesses grow and prosper.
1. Tell me about the Education & Workforce Development Committee.
The Education and Workforce Development Committee works to foster relationships between the education system and businesses and advises the Chamber on strategies that prepare students and other job seekers for a career, further education, citizenship, and lifelong learning. We are champions of Arlington’s workforce!
2. How has being involved in the Education & Workforce Development Committee impacted you?
I serve as the Executive Director of the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council, a commission of Arlington County Government. Our Council envisions a region where every business has access to a qualified, job-ready workforce, and every resident has the skills needed to connect with meaningful employment and advance in a career.
Several talent development conversations are occurring in Arlington lately. Many of the people participating in these conversations sit around our Committee’s table. Participating in the Education & Workforce Development Committee allows me to connect to and collaborate with those organizations who skill-up residents of all ages and our local employers – so that together we can tackle our current labor supply/demand challenges.
Our public school system and universities, as well as other educators, share our table with engaged local businesses. But we are looking for more local businesses to join our conversation. If you are having a challenge recruiting talent, I encourage you to engage our committee.
3. When does the Education & Workforce Development Committee meet?
The Education & Workforce Development Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., except for the months of July, August, and December.
4. What is your favorite part about serving on the Education & Workforce Development Committee?
I enjoy supporting the Chamber’s mission through my service as this Committee’s chair. I learned long ago that you could achieve more through networking and collaboration. The connections that I make help drive my, and others, activities.
5. Who would be a good candidate to join the Education & Workforce Development Committee?
If you are having challenges recruiting talent for your business or if you are a developer of human potential – join our conversation! Participation in this committee is free and available to all employees of Chamber member businesses and organizations.
If you have any questions about the Education & Workforce Development Committee or would like to join the committee, please contact the staff liaison, Andrea Aiello at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-525-2400.