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NEWS RELEASES 2008-09 :: APRIL 29, 2009


The State Superintendent's Commission on Workforce Development will hold its first meeting next Monday to begin discussions on issues pertaining to workforce development, workforce education and economic development in North Carolina. The meeting, which will be chaired by State Superintendent June Atkinson, will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Public School Forum, 3739 National Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh.

State Superintendent June Atkinson, who established the Commission at the request of Gov. Bev Perdue, said workforce education has always been important to her. "I bring over three decades of experience to this issue having been a business education teacher, and chief consultant and director in the areas of business education, career and technical education, and instructional services. I look forward to working with Commission members to develop recommendations to ensure that workforce education is relevant to the needs of our state and economy in the 21st century."

The goals of the Commission are to:

  • review current and future labor market needs for North Carolina over the next decade;
  • discuss the role of entrepreneurship in economic development; and
  • examine workforce development and education with an international perspective.

The Commission is expected to hold four meetings over the summer to develop recommendations to present to Gov. Perdue, the General Assembly, the State Board of Education, economic development boards and educational institutions. Other tentative meeting dates are June 12, July 15 and Aug. 19. All meetings will run from 2-5 p.m.

For more information, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.