Saturday, December 02, 2017 09:34 AM

MAYOR BERKE AND VALORIA ARMSTRONG EXPLORE AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER LEARNING TO ADDRESS THE WORKFORCE SKILLS GAP AT NLC SYMPOSIUM

Mayor Andy Berke joined six other mayors, along with corporate leaders from their communities, in Saint Paul, Mn., Friday for the National League of Cities, to explore how city officials and business leaders can partner with local afterschool and summer learning programs to address the workforce skills gap and help ensure local children and youth have the skills necessary to enter the 21st Century workforce. Valoria Armstrong, president of Tennessee American Water, accompanied Mayor Berke to represent Chattanoogas business community in discussing this avenue for workforce development.

I hear from businesses all the time who want to know where Chattanoogas future workers will come from, and we want to be able to respond that we have a talented, motivated workforce. By applying best practices from other cities and business leaders, we can empower more Chattanooga youth to pursue the life they want in our community, and ensure employers have a quality workforce, said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

"At the requests of Chattanoogans, neighbors and employers, the Berke Administration has been investing in youth by helping them develop soft skills so they can succeed. The symposium in Saint Paul is an opportunity for Chattanooga to share progress with other cities and highlight programs ...

News source: The Chattanoogan.com

See also: Carol Berz