Excellence in Workforce Readiness
Excellence in Workforce Readiness

The Virginia School Boards Association would like to invite you to apply for the annual Excellence in Workforce Readiness award. This award seeks to recognize Virginia school divisions that have achieved excellence in Workforce Readiness through innovative program/project within your school community or in a regional collaboration with emphasis on:

• communication and collaboration with the business community;
• student engagement with the business community; or
• student entrepreneurial activities.

There is only one submission per school division per school division/region.

The VSBA has included a Regional Category for program submissions to reflect the growing number of collaborations between school divisions in workforce readiness. The Regional Category is for any two or more school divisions currently working with Program Partners outside the school division in advancing excellence in Workforce Readiness through innovative programs/projects across school division boundaries. Individual school divisions submitting for a Regional Category may submit an individual application of a program within the school division. The individual application must be independent and not part of the Regional Category.

The entry must be approved by the school board/boards at a school board meeting.

All entries must be submitted by the deadline of May 15, 2024. No entries will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2024.

Please submit all applications through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2024WorkforceAward

Click here for the full information packet. 

All questions regarding submissions should be directed to the Office of Communications at communications@vsba.org or call 434-295-8722.

Thank you to this year’s sponsor:

2023 VSBA Excellence in Workforce Readiness Award Winners

Student Population Below 5,000 Students
First Place- Fredericksburg City Public Schools, The Hop Into Vocational Experiences (HIVE) Program
Second Place- Petersburg City Public Schools, Education for Employment Program
Third Place- Alleghany Highlands Public Schools, Advanced Healthcare Pathways Program

Student Population Between 5,001 – 10,000 Students
First Place- Isle of Wight County Public Schools, IWCS Agriculture Land Lab: Cultivating the Next Generation of Farmers
Second Place- Danville City Public Schools, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Third Place- Prince George County Public Schools, Technology Field Day Initiative

Student Population Above 10,001 Students
First Place- Fairfax County Public Schools, Residential Construction Program
Second Place- Albemarle County Public Schools, Starr Hill Pathways
Third Place- Chesterfield County Public Schools, CCPS Work-Based Learning Initiative

Click here to view photos of the first place winners taken at the 2023 Conference on Education.