Business Leaders Support School Readiness as Job One for Future Workforce Development

Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr +

Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Paul Koonce, EVP, Dominion Resources

Paul Koonce, EVP, Dominion Resources

In Virginia, one in eight children enter kindergarten without the basic skills needed to succeed in school.  In Greater Prince William, that number is nearly one in seven, with over 1,100 children beginning kindergarten already behind. 

Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring Smart Beginnings: Job One, a briefing for business leaders that provides information on the role of quality early learning as the foundation for workforce success. The Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, September 23 from 11:30 a. m. to 1:30 p. m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in the Gregory Family Theatre, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20109.

Education and Economic Development are areas that both the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William agree on in terms of importance.  Job One is a program of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) that sheds light on the direct link between a strong start in the early years and a vibrant and productive workforce.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Paul D. Koonce, Executive Vice President of Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, and CEO of Dominion Generation. Koonce chaired the Virginia Chamber of Commerces Blueprint Virginia process, which identified quality early childhood education as a key driver for workforce success.  

Every company is seeking smart, skilled employees who are well-qualified for 21st century jobs,said Debbie Jones, President and CEO of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. “Virginias business community has long recognized that the talent pool for the future workforce begins with young children who start school healthy and ready to learn.

Share.

Leave A Reply