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News Release Contact Person: Dr. Emily Richardson, President Virginia Career Education Foundation 804-615-1505 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Commonwealth. 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 email@example.com.
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