Summit on preparing youths for success set for Wednesday

2013-03-15T20:45:00Z Summit on preparing youths for success set for WednesdayTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 15, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

HOBART | A Northwest Indiana agency is pushing to better prepare high school students for college and careers after graduation.

To that end, the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board has scheduled Workforce Summit 2013 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Avalon Manor. Attendees will hear firsthand the state of the region's workforce and what's being done to prepare high school students, organizers said.

Linda Woloshansky, president and CEO of the Valparaiso-based Center of Workforce Innovations and chairwoman of the education committee for One Region, said the purpose of the summit is to raise awareness regarding workforce issues, job growth and alignment skills in the region.

"We want to make sure our youth are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow and to engage the community as a whole to work together to support their success and to support the strategies currently in place," she said.

The event's keynote speaker is John Applegate, vice president for Strategic Impact for the Lumina Foundation. His presentation will be followed by sessions focusing on preparing youths for college and careers after high school.

This event is an initiative of the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, One Region, ReadyNWI and the Center of Workforce Innovations. The corporate sponsors are FifthThird Bank and BP.

The cost of the event is $20 per person and includes a continental breakfast. More information is available by contacting the Center of Workforce Innovation at (219) 462-2940 or bgrimsgard@innovativeworkforce.com.

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