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Futures Forum logomarkPerhaps nothing plays a more vital role in securing Virginia’s economic competitiveness than educational attainment. Hence this Futures Forum to explore the many factors affecting higher education in Virginia.

Economic Competitiveness:  Aligning Higher Education with Long-term Workforce Needs was held August 28, 2009.  Dr. Chris Chmura of Chmura Economics and Analytics presented a wealth of data outlining the relationships among education levels, income, business needs and gaps or "misalignments" with degrees produced.  Craig Herndon followed with a demo of the Virginia Community College System's award-winning Virginia Education Wizard, a Web tool for students to explore potential career paths, their post-secondary education requirements, salary expectations, and a host of other related data. Forum attendees followed with a lively discussion of the many issues raised.

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