Dr. Tonjua Williams

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Dr. Tonjua Williams, president of St. Petersburg College and member of LEAP Tampa Bay’s vision council, recently shared her thoughts on improving workforce readiness in Tampa Bay.

During the March Vinoy Business Alliance luncheon, Williams presented her plan to create an “integrated educational ecosystem” in Pinellas county, focused on connecting the community’s workforce needs with educational opportunities in the region. The effort emphasizes partnerships between the business community, Pinellas county technical schools, colleges and universities to offer guided career paths for students.

“Our goal is to partner with the technical colleges and add stackable credentials to where [students] started,” explained Williams. “We take it a step higher. And these actually fit into degrees, so when you do these certificates, you’re not losing time – these actually apply to one of the degrees the college offers.”

Read more about her plan in this recent article from The St. Pete Catalyst.

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