More than 33 educators from seven school districts participated June 7-9 in the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee’s 2010 Teacher Academy.
The program is designed to identify the factors that enable and inhibit an adequately skilled labor force to support economic growth in Danville and Boyle County and to identify strategies to address those factors starting among students at the middle and high school levels.
The academy consisted of an opening session at Inter-County Energy’s community room and site visits throughout the week. A four-hour wrap-up completed the academy on Wednesday.
During the introduction, participants gained awareness of the scope of businesses and the diversity of jobs and careers that exist in Boyle County, the job skill deficiencies that local employers have identified among applicants, local and national trends and projections for jobs and job skills needed in the future, and the impact the workforce issues have on economic growth and development.