#MauryConnected outlines benefits

An upcoming event hosted as part of the #GrowMaury Initiative will offer major benefits to students, parents and Maury County citizens who attend, according to the event’s organizer, the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance.

On April 26, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen will join a panel of 11 local and state education and business leaders to discuss ways to build Maury County’s workforce by strengthening its educational system. The event, entitled “Connecting the Dots: Making Education-System Aspirations a Workforce-Quality Reality,” will take place at Columbia State Community College’s Cherry Theater from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

“We want everyone in attendance to come away with new understanding about ways to build our workforce,” said Maury Alliance President Wil Evans. “Whether you’re a student preparing for the future, a parent equipping your children to succeed or a businessperson who wants to hire top-notch employees, this event will be incredibly relevant to your needs.”

The panel of experts will review best practices for linking local business and educational interests, outline ways to develop Maury County’s worker base and tell success stories that are unfolding related to those efforts. The event is part of the #GrowMaury Initiative, a campaign launched in July 2015 to grow Maury County’s economy by encouraging business and community investment in education.

“Our school system has enjoyed overwhelming support since the start of my time here,” said Maury County Public Schools Director Dr. Chris Marczak, whose tenure began last August. “This event is a chance to deepen businesses’ advocacy of education, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity for students and parents to learn how they can turn academic success into college and career readiness.”

In addition to Commissioner McQueen, the list of panelists includes Evans and Marczak, Tennessee Director of Workforce Development Ann Thompson, Columbia State Community College President Dr. Janet Smith and Maury Regional Medical Center CEO Alan Watson, as well as other well-known business and education leaders.

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome such an impressive list of leaders to Maury County to participate in this important discussion,” Evans said. “We hope members of the community will join us as we generate a road map for integrating educational and economic success.”

Those who are interested in attending the event can sign up at MauryConnected.com. The website also offers a survey for businesses that want to get involved with Maury County Public Schools by providing internships, job shadowing, speaking engagements or financial donations.

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