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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July 27, 2015: It was a pleasure to join Mayor Bill Courtright, state Rep. Marty Flynn, Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Natalie Gelb and Julia Munley from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV), as well as executives from Pennsylvania American Water and DCNR to officially open Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area in ‪‎Scranton July 27, 2015: It was a pleasure to join Mayor Bill Courtright, state Rep. Marty Flynn, Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Natalie Gelb and Julia Munley from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV), as well as executives from Pennsylvania American Water and DCNR to officially open Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area in ‪‎Scranton July 27, 2015: It was a pleasure to join Mayor Bill Courtright, state Rep. Marty Flynn, Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Natalie Gelb and Julia Munley from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV), as well as executives from Pennsylvania American Water and DCNR to officially open Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area in ‪‎Scranton July 24, 2015: I was glad to welcome Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Karen Murphy back home to Lackawanna County and to join DOH Bureau Director Tomas Aguilar and Pa. DCNR State Parks Regional Manager Kevin Fazzini at Lackawanna State Park to discuss state efforts to combat Lyme disease in Pennsylvania.

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