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    Workforce Education Summit to Launch Bay Academies

    Posted on: March 7, 2013

    Workforce Education Summit to Launch Bay Academies

    Local workforce and education partners have joined forces with the Ford Motor Fund’s Partnership for Advanced Studies, the philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company, to host the second Workforce Education Summit.
    This year’s Summit theme is “Launching Bay Academies,” and will provide a venue for local businesses and community leaders to see how their involvement can transform career education to fit the needs of local businesses, as well as create a talent pipeline.

    William Husfelt, Superintendent of Bay District Schools said, “This partnership created through Gulf Coast Workforce Board, Gulf Coast State College and Bay District Schools has led us to this point. Within Bay County, we have many diverse communities, each one unique and wonderful in its own way. Through education and the involvement of the entire community in creating and supporting these academies, we are providing better career opportunities for all our students.”

    “Bay Academies integrates the education of our students with the resources of our community – a way of educating young people that prepares them for success in the 21st century,” said Ann Leonard, Bay County Career and Technical Education Director.

    At the Summit, Bay County will also be officially designated as a “Ford Next Generation Learning Community,” a distinction only 17 communities have received. Key to this designation is Bay County’s commitment to align community resources to support the scaling and sustaining of Bay Academies.

    Cheryl Carrier, director, Ford NGL at Ford Motor Company Fund said, “Our founder Henry Ford built an entire industry from his relentless focus on innovation. Today communities are looking for innovative ways to leverage their resources to develop scalable and sustainable systems that provide students with the skills needed for success in a global economy. We are excited to expand our partnership with Bay County.”

    The event will feature a panel discussion including Carrier; Tom Besaw, Consultant for Ford Next Generation Learning; Kimberly Bodine, Executive Director for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board; Husfelt; Dr. Jim Kerley, President of Gulf Coast State College; Neal Wade, Director of Bay Economic Development Alliance; Dehryl McCall, Program Manager of Global Talent Innovation at Workforce Florida, Inc.; and Jennifer Grove, Workforce Development Coordinator at Gulf Power.

    Kimberly Bodine added, “The launching of Bay Academies represents years of hard work and innovation on the parts of so many leaders in our community, as evidenced by eight new high school academies that will be offered for the 2013-2014 school year. If your business wants to have input in today’s career education, as well as see how it can benefit you too, now is the perfect chance to get involved.”

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