College and Career Readiness Summit set

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Forward in the Fifth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education in southern and eastern Kentucky, is hosting a College and Career Readiness Summit on Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

School administrators, guidance counselors, career service staff from colleges and universities, 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 the 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.

“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,” said Jim Tackett, executive director of Forward in the Fifth. “This summit will celebrate the progress being made in Kentucky’s schools and communities, but also challenge all partners to be innovative in our approaches when addressing college and career readiness.”

The summit, titled “College and 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 much more. A track for college and high school students will be available throughout the day as well.

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 [email protected], or visit

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