21 Century Grants
Virginia K. Davis is the Program Supervisor for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant for high schools. She provides oversight and management support to 20 high schools in the district to assist with the design and implementation of their after school programs.
Her professional career began in the banking industry with a successful career as a Branch Manager managing over $20M in deposits. In 1991, she transitioned into youth development and went to work for the East County Career Center doing workforce development training and employer outreach. In the summer of 1994, she oversaw the Hire- A-Youth team for East County helping more than 1200 students receive job training and summer work experience. She later joined the San Diego Workforce Partnership as an Employer Involvement Representative working with San Diego City School to develop employer partnership with schools for teacher and student job shadows and internships. She also ran the regional Banking and Finance regional advisory board composed of 15-20 banking and finance representatives from around the region.
In 1996, she joined the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Business Roundtable for Education and continued her work in supporting workforce development opportunities for students and industry awareness for teachers. In 1998, she was instrumental in establishing the San Diego Intermediary Project funded by the Irvine Foundation to increase employer participation in workforce development and student and teacher engagement.
In 1999, she joined the Office of College Career and Technical Education and led the development of after school programs for high schools. She established a summer credit recovery internship program in collaboration with UCSD and San Diego County. Under her leadership, high school after school programs were expanded to include academic support, college and career awareness, college tours, along with other enrichment and family support. Her work in identifying, writing, managing and implementing grant funded projects has resulted in the district receiving more than $15M in private, state and federal funding to support youth development within San Diego Unified. In addition, she has collaborated with many agencies to establish partnerships that serve the needs of students and families throughout San Diego.
Virginia is married with two adult sons and is a native of San Diego. She is an avid sports enthusiast, and particularly enjoys football and basketball. She enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, along with traveling and dining out. She continues to look at innovative ways to engage students in their overall academic career through after school programming, community partnerships and family support.