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4th Annual Education Collaborative Summit

The 4th Annual Education Collaborative Summit will take place on Thursday, July 18 at the University of West Georgia. The summit will have a special focus on three challenges: what happens to children from birth to age five that influences their future success, the overwhelming life issues that make it difficult for some students to succeed, and the transition from high school or college to careers. The keynote speaker this year is a master teacher and motivator, Adolph Brown. The Carroll County Education Collaboration is a collaboration of both county and city school systems, WGTC, UWG, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, local industry and businesses, many nonprofits and community leaders. Through this collaboration, many partnerships, new programs and even some solutions have been initiated. This year more sessions have been added to focus on growing the future workforce and industry.

Visit www.westga.edu/ccec/2019summit for registration and more information on the schedule and the sessions offered for this years’ event!

Many community members will be hosting several engaged focus sessions including:

Workforce Development Opportunities through Georgia’s Technical Colleges

Neil Bitting, Technical College System of Georgia

A discussion on the various opportunities within the Technical College System of Georgia and the integral role a technical education plays in helping to fill the skills gap within the workforce.

One Size Fits All

Dr. Melanie McClellan, University of West Georgia

Do you help students (at any level) make decisions about careers? Join us to share your own perspective and learn from the perspectives of others in this highly interactive session. The program begins with a brief overview of what we can learn from career development research, followed by guided discussion among attendees about how you are helping students now and opportunities for improvement.

Industry Engagement for Impactful Workforce Development Programs

Breezy Straton, Douglas County Development Authority


Breezy Straton, director of the Douglas County Development Authority’s office of existing industry, workforce & compliance, will share how to engage industry leaders in meaningful ways to develop and implement effective high school and college workforce development programs and initiatives. The discussion will go over strategies and how to’s that can be used for initial programs or to ignite existing strategies.

What Young Workers Want: A Discussion on Engaging and Attracting Young Talent

Panelists:
Morgan Gravley, Chick-fil-A

TJ Peele, University Recreation, University of West Georgia

Cassidy Nelson, Residence Life, University of West Georgia

Cara Herzog, Southwire Company

Facilitated by Ben Chambers, West Georgia Technical College

Each of these organizations hire and supervise more than 100 employees ages 16-25 every year. Come learn about the challenges they face and their selection, training, and supervision strategies

Industries Take It Back To School
Facilitated by J.R. Charles, Carroll Tomorrow

Panelists will discuss topics such as:
Ways the school systems/postsecondary can engage with industry leaders for internships, apprenticeships and/or student work opportunities;Industry leaders’ process for recruiting, on-boarding, and training new employees;The skills required to work at industrial facilities, as well as continuing education/certification requirements;Starting wage, incentive pay, and possibilities for upward mobility and promotion.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Our Region by the Numbers

Dr. Dana Rickman, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Dr. Winston Tripp, University of West Georgia Center for Research

Overview of the key numbers that affect our communities in education, with specific focus on the three threads of this conference (Birth to age 5, overwhelming life challenges, and transition from school to employment). Dr. Rickman will give an overview of the state metrics, and Dr. Tripp will discuss metrics from the region.