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Steve Patridge

Steve Patridge

Vice President of Workforce Development, Northern Virginia Community College

For the past six years, Partridge has been president and CEO of Charlotte Works in North Carolina. There, he successfully transformed Charlotte’s Workforce Development Board into a demand-driven agency assisting more than 1,300 businesses and hosting more than 125,000 job-seeker visits. In this role he became adept at understanding employer needs and economy-driving, public- and private-sector demands, making Charlotte Works a national benchmark for workforce reform. He also created intense educational partnerships from elementary through college institutions and formed a volunteer corps that saved employers more than $100,000 a year.

He previously served as managing director of the Charlotte Regional Economic Workforce Recovery Initiative, and in senior leadership roles for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Department of Commerce. In short, Partridge holds extensive workforce development expertise dating back to the beginning of his professional career. He will be able to directly apply this expertise to both the benefit of the Northern Virginia economy and NOVA.

Partridge holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona; and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State. He will begin at NOVA in February 2016.

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