Educationally Speaking is a WHRV special, produced by Barry Graham, Kathy Martin and Paul Bibeau, that examines the current state of education.
Apprenticeships in the Skilled Trades Barbara Washer and the Virginia Ship Repair Association
It is a common refrain that is being heard from industry- a sounded alarm regarding the need for skilled trade workers. After decades of seeing fewer students exiting High School and heading into a skilled trade career, there appears to be an emerging shift in the thinking that a successful career must come from a four year degree.
Barbra Washer, Director of Development and Programming with the Virginia Ship Repair Association says that the concept of “either go and lean a skilled trade” or “ go to school” is no longer relevant- there exists opportunities to “learn on the job” through apprenticeships.
WISC- Women in Skilled Careers
In an on-going effort to direct attention to the critical need for skilled trade workers, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council has partnered with employers, community colleges, and WHRO as a part of the Women in Skilled Careers Grant. The program has a multi-faceted approach to solving the issue of poverty in Hampton Roads and also meeting the needs of local maritime industry in recruiting skilled trade workers. Chrstina Brooks, with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council explains that over the past decade, students have not pursed a skilled trade job post high school. Further, as baby boomers retire, their replacements in skilled trades are not being groomed.
Women In Skilled Careers Grant
In an on-going effort to direct attention to the critical need for skilled trade workers, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council has partnered with employers, community colleges, and WHRO to create a program that has a multi-faceted result. Chrstina Brooks, with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council explains how the Women in Skilled Trades (WISC) Grant targets women for work in the skilled trades. The grant seeks to solve the issue of poverty in Hampton Roads and also meet the needs of the local maritime industry in recruiting skilled trade workers.
Communities in Schools in Hampton Roads
Communities in Schools in Hampton Roads is a national based program that has anchored in several schools to provide services for at risk students. Development Director Linda Dyer explains why the initiative works best when they are established in the elementary and middle schools. This allows the program to devote services to students early in their education. Studies indicate that students who leave High School without graduating are more likely to end up living in poverty than those who finish their education.
Communities in Schools in Hampton Roads
Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads represents the emerging paradigm that schools must step forward to offer more than just academic study, but must meet all the needs of its students. Development Director Linda Dyer discusses how community organizations offer their assistance and insight to help students with life skills. Banks come in to present financial literacy techniques. Academic assistance, nutritional information, career preparation, and college entrance assistance are all critical elements of the program. The idea behind the program is a scaffolding approach. Students learn these skills and then take them home and display them to family and community members. Communities in schools mobilize resources to meet all the needs of its students and has a 97% graduation rate.
Communities in Schools
This week on Educationally Speaking, we discuss Communities in Schools, a national initiative that has established programs within some Hampton Roads schools. The program is built around the staggering fact that in the United States, one in five children under the age of 18 live in poverty, which has a direct impact upon their ability to focus on learning. Communities in Schools works inside targeted schools with resources to help educators meet the needs of its students. Linda Dyer, who works with the local chapter, discusses the goals of the program and how it directly impacts student lives by building relationships that help them to succeed both within and outside the classroom.