Virginia Apprenticeship Council

The Virginia Apprenticeship Council establishes standards for apprentice agreements. The Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is responsible for administering the provisions of the Voluntary Apprenticeship Act. The regulations governing the administration of apprenticeship programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia (16 VAC 20-21 et. seq ) and the Voluntary Apprenticeship Act regulations (Code of Virginia 40.1-117 – 40.1-126).

The Council consists of eleven members representing labor and management who are appointed by the Governor. Ex Officio members include: Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, and a local superintendent from a school division that provides apprenticeship related technical instruction.


The current membership of the Apprenticeship Council and Ex Officio Members consists of:

Apprenticeship Council
Mr. Douglas L. Straley
Term Expires: 06/2025
Mr. Grant Smelzer
Term Expires: 06/2025
Mr. Christopher M. Cash
Term Expires: 06/2024
Mr. Steve S. Martin
Term Expires: 06/2023
Mr. Patrick J. Dean
Term Expires: 06/2025
Dr. Jameo Pollock
Term Expires: 06/2025
Mr. R. Dudley Harris
Term Expires: 06/2024
Dr. Latitia McCane
Term Expires: 06/2023
Ex-Officio Members

Ms. Carrie Roth
Virginia Employment Commission



Sharron Morrissey, (Interim) Chancellor Ex-Officio
Virginia Community College System

Designee: Dr. Angela Lawhorne

The Council meets quarterly throughout the state. For the date and location of the next Apprenticeship Council meeting, please visit the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall site.


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