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December 9, 2011 - click headlines for quick navigation 


FIRST Lego League's State Competition Concluded

2012 Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SVTC Luncheon: Programs for Workforce Education Training, December 15, 2011

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Join us in Welcoming Bob Stolle to the SVTC Board of Directors


FIRST Lego League's (FLL) State Competition Concludes

FLL Teams from December 2011

FLL State Competition December 2011

Enthusiastic Teams Pack the Auditorium at the FLL State Competition on December 3 & 4  2011


The Virginia / DC FLL robotics competition reached it's conclusion last weekend with 96 teams of enthusiastic 9 to 14-year-olds and their coaches etc., descending on Harrisonburg.  What a weekend it was!


These links to a video and article from JMU's Breeze, gives you an idea of how this event promotes enthusiam for science, technology, engineering and math ... these kids are having a blast ... and we think the volunteers are too! 


The Breeze reporting on the 2011 VA/DC FLL state tournament at JMU  


The Breeze article on the tournament  


Alexandria Times reports on  the VA/DC FLL tournament 


A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all (and there were many) volunteers who came out and made the competition a rip roaring success.   Can't wait to do it all again next year!  




 SVTC Board member Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton, served as one of the referees again. He and his wife come every year to volunteer.  


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2012 Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast

December 13, 2011, 7:30-9:00am

Festival Conference & Student Center, JMU

Presented by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, JMU's Research and Public Service, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.


Registration is closed for this event.  We look forward to seeing all who registered bright and early on Tuesday. Attendance confirmation emails were sent out on Friday and included parking info. 


More event details from the SVTC website calendar 


SVTC Luncheon: Programs for Workforce Education Training,  Thursday, December 15, 2011, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Speaker: Debbie Melvin, Project Manager, Virginia Jobs Investment Program  


Are you aware that there are resources available to employers to offset the cost of your recruiting and training activities?  Join us on December 15 to hear from Debbie Melvin with the Virginia Jobs Investment Program at the Virginia Department of Business Assistance for an overview of the multiple programs available to Valley employers to offset your workforce development costs.  The programs are easy to use, popular among Valley employers, and can return up to 50% of your expenses to you!


Lunch is Dutch treat.  Membership not required.


Register Here for SVTC's December 15th Luncheon 

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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 8:00am

Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


Our regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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SVTC Board Extends Warm Welcome to Robert J. Stolle

On December 7, 2011 the SVTC Board met and, with regret, accepted the resignation of Hap Connors from the Center for Innovative Technology.  Hap was a member of the Board of Directors for three years and will be sorely missed.  A sincere thank you goes to Hap for all his hard work and support of the SVTC.


At the same meeting, the Board voted to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Directors with Robert J. Stolle, also from the Center for Innovative Technology. 


We feel fortunate to have Bob on the Board and look forward to working with him .... please make sure you say hello when you see him at our next networking event.


"As a technology user and training coordinator, I find the SVTC luncheons a great source of information and networking.  I have developed contracts with businesses and trainers as a result of conversations at the meetings.  SVTC helps me to serve the needs of my customers and clients."

- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College, SV 

  Small Business Development



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"SVTC membership has been an invaluable asset to Cadence over the years.  As a growing company in this area, our ability to leverage the many available networking activities continues to be an integral part of our on-going success.  Cadence has also benefited from recognition by the SVTC as the High Tech Company at the annual Tech Nite awards event." 


 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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