5 Critical Ways Maury Business Leaders & Owners Can Get Involved with Local Schools for Major Impact_web

James Bennett column: Making a difference in education

By James Bennett
Columbia State Community College President Janet F. Smith asked a question Friday that delighted me: “Are you ready for Tuesday night?”

I had to pause for a moment to contain my enthusiasm.

Smith was referring to my role as moderator on ways businesses and education can partner in preparing students for college and work.

We’ll be on stage at 5:30 p.m. in CSCC’s Cherry Theater with state and local business and education leaders as they connect the dots in a vital #GrowMaury initiative.

I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of the president, who works every day on improving opportunities for young people in the region. She’s more level-headed and practical than me in knowing change is hard to navigate and sustain in the changing winds of state politics and local economies.

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