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VI Career and Technical Education Board Seeks Public Comment on 5-Year State Plan


Rev. Eddie Williams, DD and Chair of the Public Hearing Committee joins VI CTE Chair Ilene Garner in welcoming the audience to the public hearing (June 7, 2017)

viNGN was in attendance at the St. Thomas public hearing for the VI Career and Technical Education (CTE) Board on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Windward Passage Hotel. Similar forums were hosted on St. Croix and St. John. The purpose of these meetings is to gather public input towards the organization’s 5-Year State Plan. 

Comments from the audience covered Agriculture, Industrial Arts, Tourism, Business, Marketing (including Social Media and Search Engine Optimization) and Telecommunications; Teacher recruitment, training and counseling; as well as post-secondary educational offerings towards degrees or certification.

viNGN addressed the need for programmers, developers, network architects and entrepreneurs, noting the wealth of free, quality online training opportunities available; local ISP’s now have access to 100% fiber through viNGN’s middle mile network that connects the USVI with the rest of the world. This will over time result in better broadband value, while increasing  our collective capacity for global entrepreneurship, collaboration, application development, telework, data analysis and other services.

With an overall goal of crafting a 5-Year State Plan that takes into account the impact of technology, ecology and the need for self-sufficiency, the CTE will continue to accept written public comment through June 10, 2017.  For more information or to leave your comment via voicemail,  for St. Thomas-St. John, call 714-7437; for St. Croix, call 719-0031.

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The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant made by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia. The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). For more information regarding viNGN, call (340) 715-8581, or visit www.vingn.com.

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6 thoughts on “VI Career and Technical Education Board Seeks Public Comment on 5-Year State Plan

  1. Suggestion: swimming, snorkeling, diving classes, captain licencing. Virgin islands children should learn how to take advantage of the tourist trade, and the best way to do that is to teach them water skills.
    Also: teach them to be historical or recreational tour guides. The future is in entrepreneurship.

    Posted by English Teacher and Scholar | June 8, 2017, 11:20 pm
  2. This is great, I want to see more promotion of the career and technical education. I’ll forward my comment to the board as well.

    Posted by Ben | June 12, 2017, 8:24 am

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