The future of career and technical education in Louisa County is about to undergo a seismic shift. School officials and members of the board of supervisors believe the new approach will be a game-changer for students.
To propel this program along, the school division has hired Bo Bundrick, an assistant principal at John Handley High School in Winchester, as the schools’ director of career and technical education. One function of Bundrick’s role will involve working with local businesses to develop job shadowing, apprenticeships and internship programs for students.
“It’s a comprehensive program and Louisa County is leading the way in their vision and mission, and we’ve just got to get all the folks on the same page,” Bundrick, who will arrive in Louisa around the first of June, said. “This is the wave of where we’re headed both statewide and nationally, to teach students the soft skills so that they can be employed and work with people.”
To further the goal, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on March 20 to spend $125,000 to hire an assistant and part-time secretarial help for Bundrick so that he can accomplish everything that is expected of him while developing a model program.
“We need somebody full time out in the community working with all the small businesses and everybody,” Supervisor Toni Williams (Jackson district) said.
Superintendent Doug Straley’s overriding goal is give Louisa County students the upper hand when they apply to colleges or head out into the workforce. Giving students the hands-on skills they need to take with them after they graduate is critical to the overall success of the program.
To read the entire story, see the March 30 edition of The Central Virginian.