DURHAM, N.C. –The second annual Education Summit is set for this Thursday at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham.

The summit will engage business leaders and educators in a candid discussion of the role that employers can play in ensuring North Carolina’s students are well-prepared for the jobs of the future.

What changes can be made so that students are motivated to stay in school and graduate with the necessary skills to succeed in college, career and life? How can our community colleges and universities best meet the demands of businesses looking to locate and/or grow in North Carolina?

These are just a couple of the topics on the agenda for this year’s summit.

Scheduled speakers include Gov. Bev Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, former Gov. Jim Hunt, and Cynthia Marshall, president of AT&T North Carolina/current chair of N.C. Chamber along with U.S. Chamber officials, and many others.

The summit also features several panel discussions. One in particular focuses on promoting K-12 education through business partnerships.

This panel includes Sam Houston, president of the North Carolina Science, Math & Technology Center; Karl Rectanus, leader of the NC STEM Community Collaborative; Valerie Brown-Schild, director of Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development at N.C. State University; Susan Milliken, executive director of Futures for Kids; Scott Mclean, staffing services manager at The Biltmore Company; and Keith Poston, director of public affairs at Time Warner Cable (the company that also operates the Connect a Million Minds initiative).

Attendees also will hear about business involvement in postsecondary education as well as an update on federal education policy from the U.S. Department of Education. There will be an additional report on global education and competiveness featuring remarks by Stan Litow, IBM’s vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs and president of IBM International Foundation.

More than a dozen of the state’s leading businesses and organizations are sponsors of the event including AT&T, Progress Energy, Cisco Systems, MCNC, IBM, and many others.

Ticket prices are $50 for educators, students and counselors, $99 for N.C. Chamber members, and $149 for non-members. Educators may be eligible to earn continuing education credits for attending.

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