Release Date: 08/30/21


CVCC Announces New CTE Academy and G3 Program  Hires


LYNCHBURG, VA – Officials at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) have completed the hiring and onboarding process for two Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academy positions. One position is titled Coordinator of Business Partnerships and the other is the Coordinator of CTE Initiatives position.

CVCC Associate Vice President of Professional & Career Studies, Dr. Jason Ferguson explained the hiring strategy, “The Coordinator of Business Partnerships is the liaison between CVCC and local corporations.  This position establishes close relationships with our business and industry partners including other agencies that are focused on economic development and employment.  It also supports work-based learning opportunities and connects employers with students.”

Regarding the Coordinator of CTE Initiatives position, Dr. Ferguson stated, “The Coordinator of CTE Initiatives assists with the daily operations of the academy and works with our K-12 school divisions to ensure that high school students who want to pursue a career pathway understand their options and have an opportunity to attain their goals.”

The two new CTE Academy positions have been filled by Mr. Scott Pleasants, who has been hired as the Coordinator of Business Partnerships, and Mr. Jason Clark who fills the role of Coordinator of CTE Initiatives.  

Scott Pleasants comes to CVCC as a seasoned business executive with over 20 years of experience from a multitude of businesses. His core competencies are in business and corporate development, global partnerships, product marketing and positioning, board governance, and venture capital and technology commercialization to help expand established businesses and startups.  

On his new role at CVCC, Mr. Pleasants said, “I am excited about this opportunity because I believe the community college will be the driving force in the development of a 21st century workforce in the U.S. and more specifically in Central Virginia.  We are charged with not only developing this talent but also working to retain it.” 

Jason Clark, the new Coordinator of CTE Initiatives, is a veteran CTE educator with 27 years of experience.  He has taught 24 different CTE curriculums, with leadership as the Trade and Industrial Program Specialist with the Virginia Department of Education, and most recently served as assistant principal with Lynchburg City Schools at Heritage High School. About his hiring Mr. Clark proclaimed, “I'm excited about joining CVCC to help our regional students get a skill with our CTE and G3 programs!

Clark tracks the performance of these programs and serves as an academic advisor and career coach for CTE and G3 students.  In addition, he serves on all individual program advisory committees, including the CTE Academy Advisory Board, to ensure programs are meeting the needs of business and industry.

CVCC is dedicated to meeting the needs of community and these hires are yet another example of this commitment.  Dr. Ferguson said, “I don’t think you could ask for two more qualified individuals to turn our vision into a reality.  Scott and Jason are both remarkably accomplished in their fields, and we are excited to have them be a part of CVCC.  Together with our local stakeholders, we are building a talent pipeline to serve this region for decades to come.”  

The goals of the Go Virginia initiative, the CVCC CTE Academy, and the statewide G3 program are to drive private sector growth, create higher-paying jobs and foster regional cooperation. The grant supports these initiatives by preparing students, and under-employed or unemployed workers, with credentials and the capability to fulfill new and higher-paying jobs that will be created in the region.  

To find out more about the CTE Academy and the G3 programs call 434-832-7680, email pcs@centralvirginia.edu, or check the CVCC CTE Academy webpage at https://cte.centralvirginia.edu. 

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