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              Contact Person: Dr. Emily Richardson, President
                   Virginia Career Education Foundation
                  804-615-1505 or E-mail

  Former Governor Warner to Address Career Education Conference
Former Governor Mark. R. Warner is among the current and former state officials who
will address the third annual Virginia Career Education Foundation (VCEF) Conference,
April 16-17, at the Richmond Airport Doubletree Hotel.

Governor Warner will be the featured speaker at a conference luncheon at 12 Noon,
Thursday, April 17. Governor Warner will share his thoughts and perspective about the
importance of up-to-date career and technical education programs that should begin early
in life so students and parents are informed and students are prepared to select a career
pathway that leads to a high-demand, high-wage career.

The VCEF was launched by Governor Warner in 2002 to promote career and technical
education (CTE) programs and to build partnerships with education and business and
industry to help students and parents understand the career opportunities in our state and
to begin career planning early during the middle and high school years. The foundation
has sponsored statewide awareness programs and awarded grants to secondary schools,
regional CTE centers and community colleges for exemplary programs that include
business-education partnerships that can be replicated in other schools across the

Other conference speakers include:

The Honorable Aneesh Chopra, secretary of technology, Commonwealth of Virginia,
will be the opening speaker at the dinner banquet on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m.
Secretary Chopra will be discussing partnerships to fuel Virginia’s Innovative
Economy. Virginia understands the need for a strong and innovative technology to meet
the ever-changing economic demands on Virginia’s economy.

Dr. Robert (Bob) Leber, chairman, Virginia Workforce Council, director of education
and workforce development with Northrop Grumman Corporation and vice chairman of
the Virginia Career Education Foundation Board of Directors, will be a featured speaker
on Thursday, April 17, discussing business and education partnerships and how the
partnerships can make a difference in the workforce development efforts across our state.
 Dr. Leber is a practitioner who works in an industry that knows the importance of
business and education partnerships and recruits graduates from secondary and
postsecondary technical programs.
The Honorable Daniel G. LeBlanc, senior advisor for workforce to Governor Timothy
M. Kaine, will round out the program of speakers as he discusses Virginia workforce
development in transition and the importance of business and education partnerships on
Thursday, April 17. Mr. LeBlanc works with all Virginia Workforce Development
programs to address the workforce needs of employers in the Commonwealth.

For further information or to register for the conference, visit the VCEF Web site at

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