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Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands Career Resource Network

Program Goals and Emphasis

The Virgin Islands CRN supports Section 118 by making career information available to parents, students, and teachers.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Tourism and oil refining are major industries. Following government, leisure and hospitality and retail trade are the largest sectors for employment.

The April 2005 unemployment rate was 5.2%, as compared to 5.5% in April 2004.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• The Virgin Islands Legislature has asked the Department of Education, along with its vocational boards, to develop a new vocational curriculum plan that addresses labor market needs.

• A Marine Action Group was formed to stimulate private sector labor in the growing marine arena. The group has initiated and assisted with new legislation for the development of marine academy and hospitality postsecondary institutions. The mission is to rebuild the marine industry and provide careers for Virgin Island youth.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Virgin Islands has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Development Portfolios
• Career Fairs
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Conference: Skills and Career Awareness
• Facilitating Career Development
• Improved Career Decision-Making in a Changing World
• National Career Development Guidelines
• O*NET- Dictionary of Occupational Titles
• Parent Teacher Associations
• Real Game
• Training-Workshops
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools5
Middle Schools 4
High Schools 5
Community Colleges 0
4-Year Colleges/Universities 1
Other 2

Primary Resources

Virgin Islands has published the following resources:
• Career Development Portfolios
• Career Tabloids
• Facilitating Career Development
• Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook
• Improved Career Decision-Making
• National Career Development Guidelines
• State Licensed Occupations Guide
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook
• The Real Game Series

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• University of the Virgin Islands

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Vernon Finch
Virgin Islands Department of Education
Office of Vocational and Technical Adult Education
44-46 Kongens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00802-6746
Phone: 340-776-3484
Fax: (340) 776-3488
State Administrative Location

Department of Education, Government of The Virgin Islands (DOE)

Regional Contact Information