VBR hosts Algerian Leadership Group

At the invitation of the Vermont Council on World Affairs, the Roundtable hosted a meeting this month with a dozen representatives from Algerian educational institutions involved with developing a country-wide talent pipeline system. The leaders were in the United States on a three-week tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

During the hour-long meeting, which was aided by interpreters, Roundtable President Lisa Ventriss discussed both the Vermont Talent Management Project (VTPM) model, as well as the Agency of Education’s TIPS program, and efforts of our College and Career Readiness Task Force to engage members in work-based learning experiences with schools and students.

Of note was a similar concern shared by the Algerians; namely, that business and industry needs to improve the ways in which they ‘brand’ themselves. Or, put another way, “it’s not your father’s Buick”, when comparing industries of a generation ago with today’s advanced technologies. Subsequently, the Roundtable’s efforts to connect business leaders with schools, and prepare them for productive engagements with students, was of great interest.

The Algerian delegation had previously met with leaders in Austin, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; New York City; and, Washington, D.C.