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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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. April 22, 2016: Senator Blake recently joined Scranton‬ Mayor Bill Courtright, the president of Scranton City Council Joe Wechsler and the Executive Director of Scranton Tomorrow Leslie Collins, at the Scranton Iron Furnaces to present PA State Senate citations commemorating the city's 150th anniversary. April 15, 2016: Sen. Blake joined a number of area legislators at Foxhill Country Club in Exeter for a legislative panel discussion hosted by the Luzerne County Association of Realtors. April 19, 2016: Sen. Blake hosted leaders with a diverse set of perspectives on the issue of poverty in NEPA for a panel discussion as part of his second annual Inclusion Initiative Summit at Marywood University.

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