Virginia Advisory Committee for Career & Technical Education
The purpose of the Virginia Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to advise, assist and provide support and advocacy for high quality programs that prepare middle and high school students for successful transition to further education and careers.
Meetings of the Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education are held quarterly.
2017 Meeting Dates
|January 19, 2017 – CTE Resource Center, Henrico||Agenda-This is a Word document. (Word)||Minutes-This is a Word document. (Word)|
|April 20, 2017 – CTE Resource Center, Henrico||Agenda-This is a Word document. (Word)||Minutes-This is a Word document. (Word)|
|June 8, 2017 – Creating Excellence Awards Luncheon, Richmond Airport Hotel, Sandston|
|October 19, 2017 – CTE Resource Center, Henrico|
For information from previous meetings, go to 2006-2016 committee meeting schedule, agendas and minutes.
Committee Work & Accomplishments
- Top Tips – Engage Local Employers and Strengthen CTE Programs and Recommendations for Aligning Secondary CTE Programs with Virginia’s Labor Market Needs
- The Top 15 Businesses in Virginia – by School Division, Region, and Local Workforce Investment Area
- CTE Local Advisory Committees – The Key to Strong, Successful Business/Industry Partnerships (PDF)
- Career Overview: Information Technology (IT) Careers, Jobs and Employment Information allows the user to select a category to review detailed job description and career reviews, to identify useful technology degrees, and to see employment forecasts in information technology.
Cloud computing introductory information
- PC Magazine—What Is Cloud Computing?
- What Is Cloud Computing?
- Business News Daily–Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide
Cybersecurity sites for the business manager
Public safety resources
Health & medical sciences career options in engineering
Telemedicine promises to have a major impact on healthcare, especially for patients in rural areas, in homebound situations, and in specific branches of medicine.
Health informatics classroom resources
- The Essential Role of Laboratory Professionals: Ensuring the Safety and Effectiveness of Laboratory Data in Electronic Health Record Systems
Educational technology trends and initiatives
- Educational Technology and Mobile Learning (inspires practical ideas for classroom application)
- 10 Amazing, Emerging Tech Trends in Elementary Education
- Inc: Five Top Trends in Education Technology 2015 (highlights trends in the business world)
Logistics and predictions for its future
- Discover Logistics
- Future of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
- Logistics Trend Radar, 2014 (PDF)
- 12 Trends that are Shaping the Future of Logistics
Green building practices and sustainability in construction
The advisory committee consists of members who volunteer their time, talents and knowledge to help strengthen career and technical education programs. Members are appointed by the Virginia Board of Education to serve up to two consecutive three-year terms of service.
S. Stewart Harris, Jr., Chair
Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM)
Thomas Nelson Community College
99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Hampton, VA 23666
Stewart Harris, Jr. leads the development of the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing strategy at Thomas Nelson Community College. His leadership includes establishing partnerships with industry, development of curricula, coordination of grants, and site location of a Center for a comprehensive program in education and workforce development to provide multi-skilled technicians for advanced integrated manufacturing in the region.
While at NASA, he reestablished the cooperative education program for technicians, developing a partnership with Thomas Nelson that provided tuition and work experience for students in engineering technology programs, national certification as aerospace technicians and a career pathway to apprenticeship at NASA Langley. Mr.Harris is NSF’s Visiting Committee Chair for SpaceTEC, a National Resource Center that promotes technical education for aerospace technicians, provides the only FAA-recognized national performance-based certifications available for aerospace technicians in the United States, and with its partner colleges offers aerospace curricula for two-year degree programs.
Mr. Harris retired from NASA Langley Research Center in 2013, with over 40 years of service. He began his career as an electronics technician apprentice, served in numerous management positions, and retired as the Deputy Director for Technical Services in the Engineering Directorate. He provided strategic and visionary leadership for the design, development, and innovative fabrication of high quality research hardware for aerospace and scientific programs.
Christina L. Clark
First Term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020
Representing the Human Services career cluster
Cluster Analysis Report (PDF)-This is a PDF document.
Human Capabilities Solutions, LLC
P.O. Box 1194
Locust Grove, VA 22508
After 19 years with the federal government, Ms. Clark founded Human Capabilities Solutions, LLC. In 2015. She is certified Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), Small Women and Minority (SWaM), Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB). Certified Human Capital Strategist, Problem Solver and Expert Communicator with 15+ years of experience in Program Management, Subject Matter Expertise includes Strategic Workforce Planning, Policy Development and Administrative Workforce Management. Experience in organizational restructuring and leading multi-functional teams in numerous projects.
Ms. Clark is affiliated with numerous local, state, and national professional associations
Society of Human Resources (SHRM), National Workforce Development Association (NWDA), Stafford County Career and Technology Advisory Committee 2016-2018, Association of Training and Development (ATD), DC Chapter, Federal Executive Women (FEW), Professional Association of Women, Human Capital Institute (HCI), Veterans Woman’s Association and member of the Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, professional business women’s sorority.
Education and Credentials
- B.S. in Management from University of Maryland
- Masters in Human Relations from University of Oklahoma
Christina enjoys traveling, learning from her daughters and serving as a DC STEM Ambassador.
Morris E. Dews, Jr.
Director of CTE Programs for
Virginia Department of Corrections
6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, VA 23225
Morris Dews, Jr. joined the Virginia Correctional Education (DCE), now the Virginia Department of Corrections/Division of Education, in 1985 as an Auto CAD/Drafting instructor. In 2004, Morris moved to DCE central office as an Assistant State Supervisor for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and currently is Director of CTE adult programs.
Morris graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Criminal Justice, a post graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Administration, a Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, a Post Master’s Certificate for Principals and Supervisors and has completed courses for certification in Special Education at Virginia State University.
Mr. Morris is a past Region II Correctional Education Association (CEA) Regional Director, CEA International Treasurer, Vice President and currently CFA president elect, and is a Vietnam veteran and a retired First Sergeant Virginia National Guard.
University of Virginia School of Nursing
Claude Moore Nursing Education Building
P. O. Box 800826
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Tomeka Dowling obtained a Masters in Science degree from Hampton University’s School of Nursing with a focus on community health nursing and nursing education role development. She is enrolled at The George Washington University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with an expected graduation date of May 2016.
Over the past 15 years, she served in many roles that provided the necessary skills to meet the challenges facing nursing practice and nursing education. She has worked with pre-licensure associate and baccalaureate nursing programs and post-licensure baccalaureate nursing programs within the state of Virginia. Ms. Dowling has experience in delivering instruction face-to-face and online. As a faculty member, she has served on several committees proposed to standardize, enhance, and expand the college/university’s nursing education programs.
As the previous Nursing Education Consultant for the Virginia Board of Nursing, Ms. Dowling ensured the practical and registered nursing education programs compiled with state laws, regulations, and standards, as well as produce competent and safe graduates who protect the health and welfare of the state’s citizens. Additionally, her responsibilities included management of nursing education program approval, responding to program non-compliance issues, serving as a consultant on nursing education and nursing practice issues, and supervising on-site reviews.
Vivian Seay Giles
County Attorney – Cumberland
1 Courthouse Circle
P.O. Box 110
Cumberland, VA 23040
Vivian Giles received a B. S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (concentration in accounting) followed by a JD degree (Juris Doctor) from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. She specialized with a LL.M (Master of Laws) in Taxation from New York University. Following graduation, Ms. Giles worked for a small law firm in Lynchburg, Virginia and in the tax department of Coopers & Lybrand, now Price Waterhouse Coopers.
A successful career in private law practice for 12 years and in the Office of the Attorney General for three years led her to county government. She currently serves as county attorney and county administrator for Cumberland County, Virginia, a rural central Virginia locality of approximately 10,000 residents where she manages the county’s $28.5 million budget and all legal matters before the county.
Drexel N. Harris
Project Director, Educational Institutions Strategic Programs
701 E. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Drexel Harris holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Haven and a Master’s of Science degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus University. He joined Dominion in 1989 as a Senior Instructor at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut. Currently, he is the HR Project Director and oversees Dominion’s educational outreach efforts to identify workforce needs and provide solutions to meet those needs.
Mr. Harris has enjoyed several careers at Dominion, including nuclear training instructor, operations engineer, licensing engineer, HR recruiter, HR generalist, EEO/diversity consultant, Six Sigma training manager, HR manager, and HR director. He has over thirty years of nuclear and electric utility experience, and over 15 years of human resources experience.
Prior to joining Dominion, Drexel served eight years in the US Navy as a nuclear reactor operator and electronics technician onboard nuclear powered submarines. He was also a nuclear training instructor for the US Nuclear Navy, General Electric Company, and Long Island Lighting Company.
Dr. Brenda Long
420 Stonegate Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Dr. Brenda Long earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in Career and Technical Education (CTE) from Virginia Tech before serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and local CTE director in Tazewell and Stafford counties.
Dr. Long's commitment to CTE has led to promoting and implementing rigorous CTE programs and ensuring that all students benefit from these programs regardless of their career goals. In this effort, she has worked with policymakers and stakeholders at local, state, and national levels and continues to identify avenues to enhance the visibility of CTE.
Brenda has served as president of the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE), Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education Administrators (VACTEA), and Virginia Association for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (VATFACS). She has held leadership positions with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) as a regional policy member and as chair of various committees.
Most recently, Dr. Long has provided public policy leadership as a board member of both Virginia ACTE and VACTEA. She now serves as executive director of Virginia ACTE.
Ms. Marsha Lopez
Teacher – Teachers for Tomorrow
Franklin County Public Schools
700 Tanyard Rd
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Ms. Marsha Lopez has been with the Franklin County High School Business Department for 18 years. She has been the Department Chairperson for the last 10 years. Ms. Lopez also serves as the Head Cheerleading Coach at Franklin County High School and the Chairperson for the Social Committee. She began our Teachers for Tomorrow program and has grown it to offering a level II this school year. Ms. Lopez was named Teacher of the Year for the school, district, and Region VI in 2006-07.
Turnaround Arts: Richmond
Richmond Public Schools
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
1000 Mosby Street
Richmond, Virginia 23223
Suzanne Mallory-Parker has a degree in Music Education and a Masters of Education (Administration and Supervision) from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of fine arts and arts education as a choral director, clinician, arts advocate, and instructional leader with extensive knowledge in performing arts curriculum development, fine arts curriculum standards, arts administration, professional development and training, strategic planning, and curriculum alignment. Prior to her retirement from public education in 2010, she served as Instructional Specialist for Performing Arts in Chesterfield County Public Schools, providing comprehensive and instructional leadership to the preforming arts program K-12. She has served as a project consultant with the Virginia Department of Education - Fine Arts, in the development and revision of Standards of Learning in Music and as an Instructional Program Endorsement Reviewer for the Virginia Department of Education – Teacher Licensure Division.
Currently, Ms. Mallory-Parker is employed with Richmond CenterStage and serves as the Associate Director of Education and is responsible for the overall implementation and management of specific components of the arts in education initiative at the Genworth BrightLights Education Center within Richmond CenterStage. She is an active member of the Board of Directors for City Singers Youth Choir and serves on the Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s Diversity Inclusion committee.
Sharon Dianne Plymire
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Sharon has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Auburn University in Building Construction. Sharon has over 20 years of experience as an engineer working on various programs for the Virginia Department of General Services, Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and now Virginia Department of Transportation.
Sharon has taught in Petersburg Public School system for four years as a Technology Teacher. She currently serves on the Technology Advisory Committee for Chesterfield County Public Schools.
First Term: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Second Term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019
Representing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics career cluster
Cluster Analysis Report-This is a PDF document.
University and Academic Relations Manager
7899 Blue Gray Circle
Manassas, VA 20109
Zuzana Steen is the University and Academic Relations Manager for Micron Technology, Inc. and with her extensive knowledge of educational institutions, industry and non-profits, she is responsible for connecting Micron Technology with education and community partners to help get students excited about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related fields as well as bringing external educational opportunities to Micron Technology team members.
Prior to joining Micron Technology in 2010, Ms. Steen worked as the Executive Director of HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington and before that as the Assistant Director of Workforce Development and Head of International Relations at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC).
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia
1801 Libbie Avenue, Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23226
Ms. Swanson graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s accounting program. Later she joined Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and after eight years became President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia.
Over the past eight years, Ms. Swanson has led a team that has been able to increase student reach and celebrate major accomplishments that include:
- Worked with area school-division leadership to finalize Memorandums of Understanding with Richmond Public Schools and Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, New Kent, Powhatan and Hanover County Public Schools to continue growth and student reach within those divisions.
- Recently she led the charge in brokering a deal for a new and improved Junior Achievement Finance Park.
Community service includes:
- Member - Chamber RVA, West Richmond Rotary
- Member - Virginia Society of CPA’s,
- Member - Advisory Board for BB&T
- Board member - Henrico Firefighter Foundation
- Former Chair - Henrico Business Council
- Graduate - Leadership Metro Richmond 2015
- Past board member - Tuckahoe YMCA
Dean of Professional and Technical Studies
Germanna Community College
10000 Germanna Point Way
Fredericksburg VA 22408
Denise Talley is a native Virginian. She has BS in Management for Virginia Tech, a MBA from James Madison University, and a MS from Liberty University in Accounting. After working for several years in accounting, Ms. Talley had the opportunity to teach at a private women’s college in Buena Vista Virginia. She eventually left her job at VMI to work on her graduate degree; her goal to be a full time accounting professor. She has taught as an adjunct or full time accounting instructor from 2000 to 2012 at Germanna. In 2012, she was selected as the Dean of Professional and Technical Studies. As Dean, she serves on CTE boards for the following counties and city: Stafford, Spotsylvania, Madison, Orange and Fredericksburg. She also represents Germanna on a STEM 16 committee, the mission of this committee in to work with businesses and secondary/postsecondary educators to bring STEM related activities to Planning District 16.
Ms. Talley has a passion for education. As dean, she still teaches one class a semester. She is also responsible for bringing Fire Science and Cybersecurity programs to Germanna. In the past, she has also supervised the internship program and dual enrollment program. She currently is the administrative liaison for faculty advising and serves on a variety of committees including the Pathways committee. Programs under her direction as dean include Administration of Justice Art, Automotive, Business, Early Childhood Education, Education, Engineering, Fire Science, Information Technology/Cybersecurity, and Technical Studies.
Her volunteer work includes serving on the SPCA Board of Directors. She also fosters for a regional rescue. In the past, she has been active with United Way and her church.
Paul Adams Willard, II
First Term: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017
Second Term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020
Representing the Business Management and Administration career cluster
Cluster Analysis Report-This is a PDF document.
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia
1801 Libbie Avenue, Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23226
Paul Adams Willard, II currently serves as a Contract Administrator with the Department of Defense. He also has over 15 years in public education teaching in elementary, middle and high schools. He was recognized as an outstanding JROTC instructor, and selected as the 3rd place recipient of the national Christa McAuliffe Award for Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Willard served on the steering committee for incorporating the JROTC program into the Career and Technical Education division at the Virginia Department of Education. He is an adjunct professor with Park University and Florida Institute of Technology.
In addition to his career in the Department of Defense and public education, he has worked in heavy industry, professional business, and as a career Air Force Officer. Mr. Willard holds professional designations as a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and the highest federal designations in Contracting and Program Management. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Virginia Western Community College, a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science from the University of Arkansas, and a Master of Arts from Webster University and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.
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