HOBART | Hundreds packed the Hobart High School auditorium as Superintendent Dr. Peggy Buffington hosted the One Region, One Vision 'Educating Our Way to a Better Economy' Summit Wednesday.
"This turned out to be a wonderful event, made possible through the efforts and partnerships of numerous NW Indiana businesses and educational systems," said Dr. Buffington, Hobart School superintendent.
The summit, intended for school administrators (secondary and post-secondary), school board members, business, industry, labor leaders, economic developers, chamber executives and community and faith-based leaders, drew over 300 to Hobart High School.
The keynote speaker included Martha Kanter who was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009, to be under the secretary of education.
Kanter reports to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and oversees policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid.
She commended the educational partnership in Northwest Indiana for "creating a community that works together."
The agenda also included topics such as the current Regional Economic Overview, NW Indiana job/employer survey, State of Workforce, 21st Century Learning: Project-based Learning, and College and Career Programming: Dual Credit Programming.
"This was really a wonderful initiative," said Dr. Eric Ban, Crown Point High School principal. "We will all benefit from the dialogue going on today."
The Education Summit was sponsored by The Times Media Group, BP, Hodges & Davis-Attorneys at Law and the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board.