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 16, 2015: I am looking forward to continuing to work with my legislative colleagues, economic development professionals and the other volunteers on the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission to focus our efforts and promote activities that will protect and enhance the military value of Tobyhanna Army Depot and our other defense installations across the Commonwealth. April 14, 2015: It was a pleasure to meet Canadian Consul General John Prato in the Capitol to discuss the importance of bilateral trade between the United States and Canada, our largest trading partner. Many Pennsylvania businesses, particularly in the energy and manufacturing sectors, derive great benefit from sales and export to Canada. April 14, 2015: It was an honor to join the hundreds of social work students and professionals who visited our state capitol as part of NASW Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Day. April 14, 2015: It was an honor to join the hundreds of social work students and professionals who visited our state capitol as part of NASW Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Day.

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