Expanding tech-talent pathways in Central Virginia
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.
- 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
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
Founder and CEO of Hugh Helen LLC
Project Coordinator and Researcher