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11/12/2015 to 11/13/2015
When: 11/12/2015
Where: Charlottesville, Virginia

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4th Annual Workforce Development Symposium at the 2015 Virginia Industry Forum




The 4th Annual Workforce Development Symposium will be held alongside the 2015 Virginia Industry Forum in Charlottesville on November 12 - 13.This symposium will explore practical solutions for closing the skills and career planning gaps in the workforce. This session will also review public and non-profit funding resources available to industry and public-private partnerships.


  • Funding sources for workforce training and industry certifications
  • Innovative industry-academic partnerships
  • Rebranding "US manufacturing" as a "technology industry"
  • The role of Virginia Community Colleges in industry certifications
  • Re-imagining high school CTE & STEM programs & experiential learning
  • Augmented reality & simulation-based training

The Symposium with highlight Virginia's MSI Academic Partners and the MT1 certificate program.Participants will have an opportunity to "speed network" with industry leaders.


Thursday, November 12, 2015, 12pm - 4pm
Optional Session for MSI Academic Partners: 4pm - 5pm meeting with NAM Manufacturing Skills Institute to learn more about becoming an M-school.


Boar's Head Inn

200 Ednam Drive

Charlottesville, VA 22903