Workforce Development

Study Group Goal:

Align the efforts or regional workforce initiatives with the workforce demand generated by both existing businesses and the emerging businesses related to industry clusters and entrepreneurship.


Study Group Charge:

  1. Conduct a situation analysis, creating a baseline of facts for the area.
  2. Identify best practices as well as any early success potential.
  3. Set criteria for prioritizing the next steps for acting on findings and recommendations


Why I Am Involved

“It comes down to loving Hampton Roads so much we want to change it for the better to provide career opportunities for our children and our children’s children.”

Charles V. ‘Chuck’ McPhillips
Kaufman & Canoles Attorney
Workforce Development Study Group Member

Workforce Development Study Group Members:

Edna Bahre-Kolovani, Tidewater Community College
Judy Begland, Opportunity Inc.*
Bill Bell, Newport News Shipbuilding
Chris Bonney, Bonney & Company

John Dever, Thomas Nelson Community College (co-chair)
Kathy Edwards, An Achievable Dream Inc.
Robert Goodman, Kaufman & Canoles
Elliott Gruber, Mariners’ Museum
Matthew James, Peninsula Council on Workforce Development

Nick Jiannas, Stihl Inc.

Chuck McPhillips, Kaufman & Canoles
Carol Simpson, Old Dominion University
Brian Skinner, TowneBank
Michael Taylor, Sentara Healthcare
Matthew Mulherin, Newport News Shipbuilding (co-chair)
Linda Rice, Hampton Roads Community Foundation (staff)
John Shifflett, Newport News Shipbuilding

*Recently retired


Key Recommendations of the Workforce Development Study Group:

  • Provide exceptionally engaging educational and workplace experiences for targeted groups of students to prepare them for well-paying careers at all workforce levels. Do this with the collaboration and support of regional business and industry
  • Establish ongoing regional forums and related technological communication at both the executive and management levels that promote communication and coordination between business and education to anticipate emerging workforce needs.
  • Create a high-touch, high-tech system to assist separating active duty military personnel transition to the civilian workplace, with particular focus on opportunities within the region for good careers and associated education and training.


Read the Report

Click here to read an executive summary from the 2014 Workforce Development Study Group Report

Click here to read the entire 2014 Workforce Development Study Group Report


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