COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Strategic Direction:  Provide Opportunities for Citizens for all Ages

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request Approval of Four Goals for Strategic Direction: “Provide High Quality Educational Opportunities for Albemarle County Citizens of all Ages”

 

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Ms. White, Ms. Allshouse

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

April 7, 2004

 

ACTION:     X                   INFORMATION: 

 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

 

ACTION:                          INFORMATION: 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

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BACKGROUND:

A “Lifelong Learning” work group, composed of representatives from Albemarle County schools and local government, UVA, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Bright Stars, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, the Workforce Investment Board, Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle, Jefferson Institute of Life-Long Learning, Monticello Area Community Action Agency, Charlottesville Area School Business Alliance, Virginia Cooperative Extension Services, and the Chamber of Commerce, have been meeting since September 2003 to develop goals for the County’s Education for All Ages Strategic Direction. The group work was facilitated by Lori Strumpf, who also facilitated the Board Retreat last September.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Strategic Direction #1 - “Provide High Quality Educational Opportunities for Albemarle County Citizens of all Ages”

 

DISCUSSION:

The Lifelong Learning Work Group has completed their work, and is presenting it to the Board for approval and inclusion in the County’s Strategic Plan’s FY 03 – FY 05 Plan of Action. The complete outline of their work is included as Attachment A.  Following are highlights of their strategic planning efforts and the four strategic goals they identified for the Board’s consideration:

 

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

 VISION, MISSION AND VALUES

 

ALBEMARLE County Vision:     To maintain Albemarle County’s stature as a quality community by promoting the values of education and lifelong learning, historic and scenic preservation, safety, affordability, cultural diversity, citizen participation and economic opportunity that make the County a desirable place in which to grow up, raise a family and grow old while preserving our natural resources, rural character and visual beauty for future generations.

 

ALBEMARLE COUNTY

STRATEGIC DIRECTION:      Provide High Quality Educational Opportunities for Albemarle County Citizens of All Ages

 

LIFELONG LEARNING

VISION:                                County residents of all ages embrace the wonder of learning.                                

 

LIFELONG LEARNING

MISSION:                      Provide lifelong learning opportunities that result in gaining the skills and abilities required to               succeed in school, work, and beyond and to inspire every individual that learning is lifelong.                                    

 

 

STRATEGIC GOALS

 

The Lifelong Learning workgroup has identified four strategic goals to guide our work over the next three years.  They believe that these four goals will help the County become more focused on developing and facilitating quality educational opportunities for all by diversifying delivery systems and structures, broadening our approach to providing services to all learners within our community, and linking education and workforce preparation.  

 

Goal One:                 Create accessible opportunities for everyone in the community to learn, ensuring all educational services meet the needs of the changing demographics within the community. 

 

Goal Two:                 Meet the teaching and learning needs of all citizens along an appropriate continuum of ages and stages of development

                                   

 

Goal Three:              Ensure the education system meets the workforce preparation needs of current and future employees and employers. 

 

Goal four:                Position the County as a recognized leader in educational excellence.

 

The group also developed action plans that will be forwarded to an implementation team. Membership of the implementation team will include representatives from the initial Lifelong Learning work group. The County will serve as a catalyst for the accomplishment of these goals and members of the County’s Leadership Council will have a less direct role than they do for the other areas of the strategic plan. Members of outside agencies and educational organizations will be primarily the ones who will be working on these goals.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board approve the work completed by the Lifelong Learning group and incorporate the four goals into the County’s Strategic Plan’s FY 03 – FY 05 Plan of Action. Staff also recommends that the work of this group, including their initial recommendations for implementation, be forwarded to a Lifelong Learning Implementation Team for future action.

 

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