Superintendent's Memo #199-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 20, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Regional Career Pathways System Grants Awarded

In response to the Regional Career Pathways System Grant announcement on July 23, 2010, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), on behalf of Virginia’s Career Pathways System, is awarding $225,000 to support three demonstration projects in Virginia.  Funded by the Ford Foundation and in support of Virginia’s implementation of a statewide career pathways system, we believe this is a first-of-its-kind effort that involves multiple organizations and deals with multiple populations (youth and adult).  Established in 1936, the Ford Foundation is an independent, global organization with a legacy of commitment to innovative leaders on the frontlines of social change.

 The grants, awarded through a competitive application process, will provide funding to support the development of operational frameworks through which regions can build or improve career pathways systems.  We are pleased to announce awards in the amount of $75,000 to the applicants listed below.

Organization Population Industry Sector
Peninsula Council for Workforce Development Under-skilled, unemployed and underemployed 16 to 25 Advanced Manufacturing
Southside Virginia Community College Adult learners aged 25 and older who lack a high school diploma or GED and who are currently enrolled in adult education classes Allied Health; Hospitality and Service; Corrections; and Construction Trades
Southwest Virginia Community College Displaced workers, underemployed working adults, adult GED graduates and candidates, secondary Tech Prep graduates and postsecondary Tech Prep students Energy

This grant competition was competitive with 16 applications received.  We applaud the organizations and the regional partnerships that were established to support the applications and recognize the quality and ingenuity of each proposal.  The VCCS will consider applications not funded in the current award process for potential future funding as available and applicable to the proposed project.  We hope to share best practices of these demonstration projects in upcoming meetings and conferences.

Questions in reference to grant awards may be addressed to Elizabeth Moran, career pathways system coordinator, via e-mail at or telephone (804) 819-1678.