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Aug 26, 2020

We pre-recorded today's conversation via Zoom for The Valley Business Today with Cynthia Schneider, President of Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and her guests: Dr. Cathy Seal, Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Clarke County Public Schools and Maddy Fuller, a 2020 Clarke County High School graduate and participant in the work-based learning program. Our conversation centered around the member-led Workforce Development Committee of the chamber and the integral role it plays to facilitate partnerships between business/industry and the work-based learning programs for the surrounding school systems. Dr. Seal explained how the program works within the Clarke County public school system and the impact it has on students interested in a different type of post-secondary education. Maddy told us how she initially registered for the work-based learning program, her experience and how it helped her land the job she currently has as an Emergency Room Technician at Winchester Medical Center. As we wrapped up our conversation, Cynthia reminded business owners about the Department of Labor and Industry’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard that will begin enforcement on Thursday, August 27, 2020. NOTE:  Virginia is the first state in the nation to establish workplace safety coronavirus. If you are an employer with eleven or more employees and jobs classified as medium risk; or an employer with any number of employees and jobs classified as high or very high risk, you must prepare an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan and train employees on the practices within 60 days of the effective date of the ETS.