Connecting the Dots

Making Education-System Aspirations a Workforce-Quality Reality

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen headlines a list of state and local leaders scheduled to speak at a major panel event focusing on the relationship between Maury County’s education and business communities. The panel discussion, which will be moderated by Columbia Daily Herald Editor James Bennett, is open to the public and will take place at Columbia State Community College’s Cherry Theatre on Tues., April 26 at 5:30 p.m.
The summit, organized by the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance in coordination with Maury County Public Schools, seeks to build on the momentum the #GrowMaury education initiative has generated by strengthening the link between the county’s businesses and educators. Its topic, “Connecting the Dots: Making Education-System Aspirations a Workforce-Quality Reality,” will provide students, parents, employers and community leaders with key insights into ways to equip students to become strong future employees and leaders.
“It is imperative for our students to have exposure to leaders in the education and professional sectors so they can understand what it takes to become successful workers and citizens,” said Maury County Public Schools Director Dr. Chris Marczak. “Students will have a unique opportunity to soak up great insight, and area businesses will learn how they can link with our schools to provide students with invaluable opportunities.”
The discussion will explore new ideas by cultivating state leaders’ and experts’ knowledge of best practices and harvesting the boots-on-the-ground understanding of local leaders. In addition to Commissioner McQueen, the panel includes Tennessee Director of Workforce Development Ann Thompson, Maury Regional Medical Center CEO Alan Watson, Columbia State Community College President Janet Smith and other Maury County business and education leaders.
The general public is invited to attend along with students, teachers and school system employees. Those who cannot attend may follow the live Twitter feed using the designated hashtag #MauryConnected .
Bennett will ask panelists questions about Tennessee’s vision for educational and workforce growth, ways to prepare students for the job market and programs Maury County can implement to strengthen the bond between its business and education sectors. Following the panel discussion, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions to the panel.
“We are extremely excited to have the community come together for this event,” said Maury Alliance President Wil Evans. “The willingness of so many great minds to come together in one room shows this community’s dedication to the future of our youth.”

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