Blake Hosts Economy, Education Summit

Blake Hosts Economy, Education Summit

I was glad to host business, labor, academic leaders and educators to my first E2 Summit at the University of Scranton this week. We focused on the importance of better integrating and coordinating our K-12 schools with economic development and workforce development resources and strategies in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

We need to know that our High School graduates are prepared for the best possible future they can achieve – whether that entails 4 years of college; two years of college and professional certifications; or the proper technical education and training that will ensure their pathway to a productive and prosperous career in the so-called ‘ blue collar’ — but well paying — trades. Career focused education can allow students and their families to find the best way forward to the world of work after High School and a stronger connection between business and industry and the classroom will make that possible.

Thanks to all who assisted and participated in the forum and particular thanks to our presenters Dr. Paul Harrington from Drexel University; Dr Peter Rozelle from the US Dept of Energy; and US Congressman Glenn Thompson, a member of the US House Workforce Development subcommittee.


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May 19, 2016: Senator Blake hosted area students for a legislative competition at the University of Scranton as the final event of this year’s Student Ambassador Program. Front Row (L to R): Kyle Mullins, Legislative Director for Senator Blake; State Senator John Blake; State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. Second Row: Sydney Toy, Carbondale Area; Trevor Lamb, Pocono Mountain West; Tyler Brady, Mid Valley; Dr. Jean Harris, Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Scranton. Third Row: Enis Murtaj, Abington Heights; Kyle Kolcharno, Valley View; Sarah Sporko, Holy Cross; Riley McNally, Dunmore. Fourth Row: Delmar Guziewicz, Pittston Area; Antonio Cerminaro, Lakeland; Kate Reilly, Scranton Prep; and Paul McNally, West Scranton. May 12, 2016: Senator Blake joined a number of local elected officials and leaders in business and education at the annual Lackawanna & Luzerne Regional Indicators meeting hosted by The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Sen. Blake presented the findings of the financial literacy research study completed by the Institute's Jobs, Economy, and Economic Development Task Force. April 29, 2016: Senator Blake joined Bob Durkin, President of the Great Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and the Lackawanna County Commissioners for an announcement that the County will purchase the Globe Store and consolidate county services to the taxpayers of Lackawanna County at that location in Scranton's core business district. April 28, 2016: Sen. Blake joined state Rep. Mike Carroll, PennDOT Deputy Secretary Jim Ritzman, PA Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton and others to announce the conclusion of the feasibility analysis and the beginning of preliminary research and design for the Scranton Beltway initiative. This project, a collaborative effort between the PA Turnpike and PennDOT, will involve the construction of high speed access ramps to better connect Interstate 81 with the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension, I-476.

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