Forward in the Fifth to host College and Career Readiness Summit Sept. 11 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset


Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education in southern and eastern Kentucky, is hosting a College and Career Readiness Summit Friday, Sept. 11, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

School administrators, guidance counselors, career service staff from colleges and universities and workforce development; career and technical education faculty; and high school and college students are invited to attend. The summit has been approved for EILA credit.

Dr. Bill Symonds, director of Global Pathways Institute and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, will be the keynote speaker. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Oxford University in England and has served as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. While there, he helped create the Pathways to Prosperity Project and was the primary author of “Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.” Symonds served as Business Week’s chief education correspondent for many years.

The summit, entitled “College & Career Readiness: Strategies for Student Success,” will give attendees an opportunity to participate in both plenary and breakout sessions on topics such as creating career pathways for every student; workforce outlooks of future jobs; collaborative partnerships among schools, business and communities; technology’s role in college and career readiness; and more. A track for college and high school students will be available throughout the day.

Students are encouraged to be a part of the summit by attending sessions and/or volunteering throughout the day. The program will culminate with the announcement of the 2015 Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) award winners during an awards luncheon recognition program.

For more information or to register for the summit, call 606-677-6000, email, or click here.

Print This Article
View text-based website