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Senate: Education and Work Force Development
February 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am
BLOCK I: 10:00 AM –12:00 PM The committee will receive testimony on the status on the readiness of schools, expenditure of the Cares Act funds, support and resources for students’ who have fallen behind, as well as the exact start date for schools. In addition, the committee will also receive a testimony on the use of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act Fund. Invited Testifiers: Racquel Berry Benjamin Commissioner Virgin Islands Department of Education Kyza A. Callwood, Chairman Virgin Board of Education Jean-Pierre L. Oriol Commissioner Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources Justa E. Encarnacion Health Commissioner Virgin Islands Department of Health Dean Andrews Director, Virgin Islands Division of Occupational Safety and Health (VIDOSH) LUNCH 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM BLOCK II: 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM The committee will receive testimony on the various education stakeholders, as it pertains to workforce development and overall youth development. Invited Testifiers: Henry C. Smock, Esq. Chairman University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees Michael Carty, Chairman Workforce Development Board Dr. Anastasie Jackson, Ph.d, Vice-Chair Career & Technical Education Board Rosa Soto-Thomas, President St. Croix American Federation of Teachers Carol A. Callwood, President St. Thomas American Federation of Teachers Yvette Browne, President USVI-National Parent, Student and Teacher Association (PTSA) Vanessa Peifer, Director Youth with a Mission Cie Lloyd, Director Mon Bijou Community Center