Commissioner Jack Wilson and Rob Marsh of Wye River Marine spoke to Rotary on Tuesday morning about the need for skilled trades workers on the Eastern Shore and Project Bright Future. Rob talked about his need for skilled marine mechanics and how he started a program at the Community College.

Project Bright Future is a regional initiative aimed at youth in our community who are seeking an alternative to the traditional “path to college” by pursuing a trade, working in the hospitality industry, or developing skills in manufacturing, construction and the trades. The mission is to create awareness of the excellent career opportunities available to students in the five county service area of Chesapeake College and to increase student participation in career technology education (CTE) programs, Youth Apprenticeship and Dual Enrollment. The vision is to create a pipeline of skilled workers to meet not only the demands of our current business base, but also to assist in business retention, expansion and attraction for the region. A goal of the initiative is to support the creation of a regional CTE training center based at Chesapeake College to provide vocational training to support our largest industries and to create opportunities for growth in new industries.

A Career Technology Education Event is to be held at Chesapeake Community College, Wednesday September 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.