VCU Tech Talent Pathways

Expanding tech-talent pathways in Central Virginia

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Tech-Talent Pathways Final Report

VCU Engineering’s Tech-Talent Pathways Project works to increase prosperity by addressing Central Virginia’s ‘tech-education deserts’

VCU Engineering is expanding access to careers in the region's rapidly growing technology sector.

Joining forces with business leaders and community organizations, VCU Engineering is mapping Central Virginia’s existing technology education opportunities, including all K-12 and higher-education programs, tech-industry certifications and ad-hoc opportunities to upskill the workforce for the digital economy.

Through the new Tech-Talent Pathways Project, these leaders are also pinpointing gaps where resources don’t exist — or access to them is hindered by barriers. They aim to revitalize these “tech-education deserts” by creating stronger links across the tech-education community.

Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia), a bipartisan, business-led economic development initiative, has awarded $100,000 toward this initiative.

More about tech-talent pathways

  • A highly skilled workforce for Central Virginia
  • Greater access to good jobs in Virginia’s digital economy
  • Robust tech-education pathways, without gaps
  • More tech-education opportunities for underserved communities
  • Business and educator links that nurture innovation at all levels

John D. Leonard II, Ph.D.
Executive Dean and Professor

Paul F. Rocheleau
Executive Director of Strategic Development

Jenilee Stanley-Shanks
Director of Government and Community Outreach

Anita Hazel Taylor, P.H.R.
Director of VCU Engineering Career Services

Gregory E. Triplett, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Todd Waldo
Founder and CEO of Hugh Helen LLC

Touri Goode
Project Coordinator and Researcher

Name Position Company

Brian Anderson

President and CEO


Peter Blake


State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Raymond Burton

Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Matt Catatachea

Coordinator of Technology Integration and Innovation

Goochland County Public Schools

Chris Dovi

Executive Director


Chuck English

Virginia STEM Coordinator

Science Museum of Virginia

Kume Goranson

Executive Director

CodeRVA Regional High School

Miles Gordon

Director of Government and Community Relations

Virginia Commonwealth University

Dawit Haile, Ph.D. 

Dean, College of Engineering and Technology

Virginia State University

Kim Mahan

Founder and Partner

MAXX Potential

Sharaza Nelson

Director, Workforce Programs


Emily Salmon

Senior Associate

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Sandy Turnage

Director of Corporate Relations

Virginia Commonwealth University

Bruce Watson

Director, Career and Technical Education/STEM

Goochland County Public Schools

Charles Watson

Careers Outreach Facilitator and JVG Jobs Specialist

Richmond Public Schools

Alida Williamson Smith

Assistant Principal

Richmond Technical Center