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September College and Career Readiness Summit

2015 College & Career Readiness Summit

Forward in the Fifth, a non-profit educational organization, will be hosting a College and Career Readiness Summit on September 11, 2015 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY. Career/technical education faculty, administrators, guidance counselors, career service staff from colleges/universities, workforce development, and high school/college students are invited to attend. EILA credit will be available at the conclusion of the event.

The summit will include a presentation by keynote speaker, Dr. Bill Symonds. Symonds is director of the Global Pathways Institute and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Oxford University, England and served as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. While there, he helped created 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. Dr. Symonds also served as Business Week’s chief education correspondent for many years.

“We are totally committed to ensuring every student has the knowledge and skills necessary to make him or herself successful in life, regardless of their career path, noted Forward in the Fifth’s executive director Jim Tackett. “This summit will celebrate the progress being made in Kentucky’s schools and communities, but also challenge all participants to be innovative in our approaches when addressing college and career readiness.”

Entitled “College & Career Readiness: Strategies for Student Success”, attendees will have the 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 & Career Readiness, and many more.

In addition, Forward in the Fifth will honor its 2015 Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) Award winners during the Summit luncheon.

To register for the Summit, visit or contact Forward in the Fifth at (606) 677-6000, or contact us for more information.

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