News Release: 2023 Excellence in Workforce Readiness Awards Announced
NewsNews Release: 2023 Excellence in Workforce Readiness Awards Announced

News Release
For Immediate Release
July 13, 2023

Gina Patterson, executive director
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VSBA Excellence in Workforce Readiness Award Winners Announced
Winners Recognized at the VSBA Conference on Education

July 13, 2023 – Nine school divisions received honors in the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Excellence in Workforce Readiness Awards. Winning divisions were recognized at the VSBA Conference on Education, which took place in Richmond earlier today. The awards program was created in 2018 by the VSBA Task Force on Workforce Readiness to highlight exemplary programs in Virginia’s Public Schools focused on preparing the state’s future workforce. The sponsor of the awards was VACORP.

The winning school divisions are as follows:

Student Population Below 5,000 Students
First Place- Fredericksburg City Public Schools, The Hop Into Vocational Experiences (HIVE)
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

About the Virginia School Boards Association
The Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training, and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s educational leaders.