Dr. Bill Symonds, director of the Global Pathways Institute and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, will be the keynote speaker at Forward in the Fifth’s College and Career Readiness Summit on Friday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Center For Rural Development.
Symonds 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.”
He served as Business Week’s chief education correspondent for many years.
The summit, entitled “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.
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.
The program will culminate with the announcement of the 2015 Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) award winners during an awards luncheon recognition program.