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.