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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August 3, 2015: Congratulations again to the all of the Archbald Little League and Softball teams that won championships this season -- the 2015 District 32 and Section 5 Champion Girls (9-10) Softball Team that also finished third in states; the District 32 Champion (10-11) Boys Team; and the District 32 Champion (11-12) Boys Team! You have all made your parents, your coaches and your community very proud of your great accomplishments! A special thanks to all the volunteer coaches who commit so much time and effort on behalf of these wonderful young athletes. August 3, 2015: Congratulations again to the all of the Archbald Little League and Softball teams that won championships this season -- the 2015 District 32 and Section 5 Champion Girls (9-10) Softball Team that also finished third in states; the District 32 Champion (10-11) Boys Team; and the District 32 Champion (11-12) Boys Team! You have all made your parents, your coaches and your community very proud of your great accomplishments! A special thanks to all the volunteer coaches who commit so much time and effort on behalf of these wonderful young athletes. 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

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