We are excited to welcome Elizabeth Narehood on staff as our Future Focus Foundation managing director. Welcome Elizabeth!
“Elizabeth Narehood has been named Managing Director of the Future Focus Foundation. The Future Focus Foundation is the educational foundation of the Region 2000 Technology Council, a member of Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership.
The Future Focus Foundation was developed to sustain and expand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational opportunities for youth in grades K-12, both through the public education system and community involvement. The foundation’s programs build a solid platform for future sustainability and ensure that all area youth have knowledge of S.T.E.M. careers and exposure to the underlying skills and thought processes necessary for success in these careers.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Technology Council and the Region 2000 Partnership,” said Narehood. “STEM education is critical to the development of society and the future success of our youth. We must be preparing our youth to compete in a global marketplace and to keep U.S. industries as leaders on the world stage. Region 2000 businesses should have to look no further than their own backyard to find highly trained employees. I look forward to building upon the successful existing Foundation programs established by the Technology Council and finding new directions based on the needs of the Region 2000 communities.”
Narehood served as an Extension Agent with the Campbell County 4H Virginia Cooperative Extension Office for seven years. She was responsible for managing all 4H outreach programs for the County, including camps, clubs and in-school activities. She also served as a Unit Coordinator with the Extension Office for four years and was responsible for office administration, budgets, staff supervision and liaising between the district office and local government.
Narehood holds a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science and a M.S. in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
“The Future Focus Foundation and the many K-12 STEM programs it supports have grown to a place where we needed a dedicated full-time person to manage it all,” stated Jonathan Whitt, Executive Director of the Region 2000 Technology Council. “We couldn’t be happier that Elizabeth was chosen to direct and manage the Foundation. She brings considerable experience to this position and we are excited about the future of the organization under her leadership.”
The mission of Virginia’s Region 2000 Technology Council is to foster an environment that stimulates innovation and growth of technology-focused organizations in Virginia’s Region 2000 through networking, training, advocacy, outreach to youth through STEM programs, and an increased focus on tech-based entrepreneurship.
Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership is a collaborative network of organizations with a unified vision to provide regional development leadership within the 2,000 square miles that surround Lynchburg, Virginia. The Partnership provides a single point of contact to the public and private sector for regional planning services, economic development, marketing, and workforce training.”
See the official press release: here or embedded below.
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