Virginia Advisory Committee for Career & Technical Education
News & Announcements
Advisory Committee for Career & Technical Education Virtual Meeting – June 10, 2021
Pursuant to Chapter 1283 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly, the Board of Education advisory committee, Adult Education and Literacy Advisory Committee, will convene virtually on Thursday, June 10, 2021, between 9 a.m. and Noon. The purpose of this meeting is to transact the business statutorily required or necessary to continue operations. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus health emergency, the meeting will proceed under modified procedures.
Oral public comment will not be accepted, however, written public comment should be sent via email to email@example.com. Written public comment received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 will be provided to the Committee in a timely manner.
The meeting is open to the public for viewing. The meeting will be livestreamed on the VDOE YouTube Channel.
The agenda for this meeting can be found on this web page, under the heading of 2021 Meeting Dates below.
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.
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For information from previous meetings, go to 2006-2020 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)
- U. S. Department of Education College Scorecard
- Living Wage Calculator
- Tips for Engaging Local Employers to Strengthen Career Preparation Programs
- 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
- Cybersecurity: The new business priority from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
- Cybersecurity for Small Business from the Federal Communications Commission
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.
Hampton Roads Workforce Council
999 Waterside Drive, Suite 1314
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Mr. Shawn Avery currently serves as the president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council. In this role, he provides leadership for strategic initiatives, partner and community relations, business and industry development, industry sector activities, educational initiatives, and management and oversight for the largest workforce development board in the Commonwealth. He comes to the Hampton Roads Workforce Council after serving as vice president for the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, where he provided leadership for the Councils’ Private/Public Partnership Division. In addition, he has held the positions of senior manager of development and community affairs for Opportunity Inc., manager of the Peninsula Workforce Development Center and grants specialist for Thomas Nelson Community College.
Mr. Avery holds a master of business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in business administration from Christopher Newport University. He has received certificates of studies in economic development from Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina.
Mr. Avery is the recipient of an Inside Business Top Forty under 40 in Hampton Roads award, as well as an Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award and a Chancellor’s Award from the Virginia Community College System. Most recently, he received Community Builders Award from the Hampton Roads Community Action Program.
Mr. Avery serves on the GO Virginia Regional Council, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Tidewater Community College Workforce Solutions’ Advisory Committee, Future Hampton Roads, Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia, and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. Since 2018, he has served as chair of the Virginia Association of Workforce Directors.
William Edward Bowman, Jr
W. E. Bowman Construction, Inc.
3715 Belt Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23234-1524
Ed grew up in the construction industry, took over leadership of the family business in 1996 and has become an industry leader. Ed’s entrepreneurial spirit and responsible ownership style continues to guide W.E. Bowman Construction as it nears its 50th anniversary. In recent years, Ed has built a skilled leadership team that can support and sustain the company’s substantial growth while maintaining the family business atmosphere. He received his BS and MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was sponsored by Goldman Sachs for Babson College’s 10,000 Small Business Program. Ed has served as former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s appointee to the Commonwealth of Virginia Design-Build/Construction Management Review Board. He is proud to be a successful Portuguese-American business owner where he serves as a Committee Leader for Virginia Hispanic Chamber and he is the current Chairman of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia.
Christina L. Clark
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.
First Term: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023
Representing the Information Technology career cluster
Cluster Analysis Report (PDF)
800 E. Jefferson Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Jason Daniel is an entrepreneur with 20-plus years of experience advising and implementing enterprise technologies, creating Software as a Service platforms, and building custom software systems for more than 100 clients. Mr. Daniel’s expertise is broad and deep: he has served as a fractional chief information officer, a technology advisor, an enterprise software architect, a process analyst, and a software engineer. His clients span industry sectors for which he has conducted technology assessments including staffing and training needs, process, and technology integration. Mr. Daniel has also worked with groups to optimize how their people, processes, and technology work together to meet their goals.
As founder and president of Tech Dynamism in Charlottesville, Mr. Daniel has influenced the IT community by continuously communicating current and upcoming workforce needs. He has partnered with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) on their Network2Work initiative, which helps families become self-sufficient by identifying jobs within their reach and positioning them to secure and excel in those jobs. He has been working with PVCC’s technology professors to prepare students with relevant skills for the workforce. Tech Dynamism has started a Network2Learnproject to coordinate internship and other workforce opportunities to augment in-class learning opportunities.
Mr. Daniel is also a co-founder and partner in Wellspring Workforce, a human resources consulting company that specializes in identifying and recruiting IT professionals, career development, and retention of staff.
Mr. Daniel has been advising and helping clients in the government and education sectors for more than10 years. He’s worked with multiple colleges (University of Virginia, PVCC, Columbia University, Harvard University), private educational organizations (e.g. Teachstone, Explore Learning, Silverchair Learning Systems), and governmental agencies (e.g., Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, County of Albemarle, VSBE, RWSA), helping them develop IT roadmaps that meet their short- and long-term goals. Mr. Daniel’s passion for education and information technology has involved him in numerous discussions on how to better promote computer science and information technology in career and technical education at high schools and community colleges, as well as how to fill the gaps that employers currently face.
He is a graduate of University of Virginia (bachelor’s in psychology, 1996) and Western Carolina University (master’s in project management, 2008).
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.
Mr. Philip N. Frazier
First Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019
Second Term: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022
Representing the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Private Sector career cluster
Cluster Analysis Report-This is a PDF document.
Regional Program Manager
Virginia Paving Company
14500 Avion Parkway, Suite 200
Chantilly, Virginia 20151-1108
Drexel N. Harris
First Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
Second Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021
Representing the Energy career cluster
Drexel Harris, a retired HR Professional, developed mutually beneficial relationships with universities, community colleges, and high school programs in his last corporate role. He oversaw recruiting and development of new talent pipeline sources for Dominion Energy. He was responsible for proactively developing new sources that meet current and future workforce needs. Currently, Drexel spends his time supporting several non-profit organizations. A native of Defuniak Springs Florida and currently residing in the Richmond Virginia area, Drexel holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Haven and a master’s degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus University. Drexel joined Dominion Energy, his last employer, in 1989 as a Senior Instructor at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut. He enjoyed several careers at Dominion Energy, including nuclear instructor, operations engineer, licensing engineer, HR recruiter, EEO/diversity consultant, HR generalist, Six Sigma training manager, HR manager, HR director, and HR advisor. Drexel has over 40 years of nuclear and electric utility experience, and over 20 years of human resources experience. Prior to joining Dominion Energy, Drexel served eight years in the US Navy as a nuclear reactor operator and electronics technician on board a nuclear powered submarine. He was also a nuclear training instructor for the US Nuclear Navy, General Electric Company, and Long Island Lighting Company.
VP of Career Development
Service Center Metals
5850 Quality Way
Prince George, Virginia 23875
Congetta has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Applied Mathematics. She has 30 years of experience as a computer engineer working in various roles for the Department of Navy, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. Congetta founded Seeds of Genius, in 2002, which sold computer solutions to the federal government, while providing employment alternatives for at risk youth in the Washington D.C area.
Congetta dedicates her time creating programs and helping students (K-12) access the tools, opportunities, and resources available for a successful entry into higher education or manufacturing career paths. Combining Service Center Metals (SCM) and the Aluminum Extrusion Counsel (AEC) resources, she has captured the unique opportunity to build an RVA workforce for tomorrow. Congetta currently serves on the Partnership to Ensure Educational Reform (PEER) steering Committee and the AEC’s Educational Outreach Committee.
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
First Term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020
Second Term: July 1, 2020 – July 1, 2023
Representing the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics career cluster
Cluster Analysis Report-This is a PDF document.
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.
Lorin S. Sodell
First Term: October 1, 2019 – August 30, 2022
Representing the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics and Manufacturing career clusters
Cluster Analysis Report-This is a PDF document.
Cluster Analysis Report-This is a PDF document.
Business Leader for Machining and Factory Development
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)
Director for External and Industry Engagement
VSU College of Engineering and Technology
1 Hayden St
Petersburg, Virginia 23806
Lorin Sodell is the Business Leader for Machining and Factory Development at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). He is also Director for External and Industry Engagement at Virginia State University’s College of Engineering and Technology. At CCAM, he is responsible for the growth of CCAM’s machining program, member relationships, and development of Advanced Manufacturing Education programs. At VSU, Lorin works on behalf of the College of Engineering and Technology to better engage with industrial partners, finding opportunities to place students both in internships and graduate roles. He joined both organizations in February 2019.
Previously, Lorin served for nine years as Manufacturing Executive and Site Director for Crosspointe, Rolls-Royce’s advanced manufacturing center in Prince George, Virginia. In this role, Mr. Sodell was responsible for the design and launch of two manufacturing facilities, including staffing, process validation, and production acceleration. The Crosspointe operation produces discs and blades for gas turbine engines, and the campus consists of more than $350 million investment and has created more than 400 jobs, including registered apprentice programs for CNC machinists and maintenance mechanics. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2006 as Director of Manufacturing Engineering in Indianapolis, IN.
In total, Lorin has 34 years of manufacturing and engineering experience in the manufacture of engines for the aerospace and automotive industries. He has also held several executive leadership positions at United Technologies Corporation. Lorin began his career as a Manufacturing Engineer at General Motors where he established Standard Global Processes for Engineering and launched an automotive engine manufacturing plant in Germany.
Lorin previously served on the Board of Advisors for the Virginia Tech College of Engineering and is a current member of the Advisory Board for the Petersburg Central School Career and Technical Education Program. He is a member of the Region 4 Council of GO-Virginia, a state-wide workforce development initiative. He is Past President of the Board of Directors for The READ Center – an adult literacy organization based in Richmond, VA. For the past nine years, he has also been an avid volunteer for Virginia FIRST, an organization that promotes career-oriented STEM experiences for youth.
Lorin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and an MBA from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. He and his wife Janet live in New Kent County, Virginia.
Sukeena Stephens, PhD
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge
Federal Air Marshal Service
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Dr. Sukeena Stephens has more than 23 years of federal law enforcement service. She currently manages the Federal Air Marshal Service Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Program. As an assistant supervisory air marshal in charge, she manages, directs, and supervises law enforcement officers and civilians in the agency’s uniform division. As a collateral duty, she also serves as the Logistic Lead for the Transportation Security Administration’s Critical Incident Management Group (CIMG). The CIMG is the agency’s response team comprised of various divisions from each TSA office. Dr. Stephens works directly with the incident managers to handle logistics, coordinate operations, and provide support in affected areas. She has received numerous accolades in managing Hurricanes Harvey, Ira, and Maria, and with the recent emergency response to COVID-19 in over 400 airports and 25 field offices nationwide.
Before her current assignment, Dr. Stephens was the Administrative Supervisory Federal Air Marshal at the Washington Field Office. She managed and coordinated the discipline in the field office and served as the Designated Grievance Official and Site Coordinator for Random Testing. Dr. Stephens was previously assigned to the Security Assessments Section where she supervised a staff that performs Joint Vulnerability Assessments with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) Vulnerability Assessments at our nation’s airport. During her assignment with Security Assessments Section, Dr. Stephens managed the Interagency MANPADS Working Group (IMWG). IMWG comprises various U.S. Government entities that have a responsibility in the prevention of MANPADS attacks in the aviation domain. She coordinated with several government entities including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, FBI, Department of Defense, and Federal Aviation Administration. Additional assignments include serving under the immediate direction of the Assistant Administrator and assisted with the establishment of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Acting Staff Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (SAC) of the Security Services and Assessments Division.
When she is not working, Dr. Stephens was appointed to the Virginia Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee of the Virginia Department of Education. In addition, she was elected Chairwoman of the Career & Technical Education Committee Advisory Board with the Stafford County School Board. She sees the value in providing opportunities to students to advance their skills to enable them to become more marketable. As part of the Career & Technical Education Committee Advisory Board, Dr. Stephens is also a member of the Work-based Learning (WBL) Focus Group to assist in the development of defining and the implementation of WBL in Stafford County schools. She is also a member of the Career & Technical Education Scholarship Committee.
Currently, Dr. Stephens is serving as Vice President of the Greater Fredericksburg Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. She believes in serving her community and has volunteered with the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank packing boxes to feed those in need; hosted food drives, and provided entire Thanksgiving dinners to homeless families in Loisann’s Hope House and for Stafford County students so they can have food during the holidays. Dr. Stephens recently launch the Great American Bra Drop. She has collected over 150 bras to be recycled by The Bra Recyclers© a black-owned recycling company. The bras will be given to homeless women, breast cancer survivors, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
Dr. Stephens is an active member of her children’s Parent Teacher Student Organization, in her church, and a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. serving as an International Investigator for the sorority. Dr. Stephens has a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination and a master’s degree in Public Administration-Inspector General from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two sons. She enjoys traveling and reading during her spare time.
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