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Higher Education Summit

Jefferson City, Missouri – March 15, 2011. Greg Walker, Moberly Area Community College Trustee, and Michele McCall, the college’s dean of instructional technology and off-campus sites, will be part of a national discussion on how community colleges work with business and industry to educate students and provide a highly skilled workforce.

Mr. Walker and Ms. McCall will participate at the invitation of U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary for Postsecondary Education Initiatives Martha Kanter, who plans to assemble a group of leaders in education, philanthropy, business, and labor to meet at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis on March 23. The event is one of four regional summits aimed at significantly increasing the number of college graduates prepared for the twenty-first century workforce, with the ultimate goal of meeting President Obama’s challenge to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

The group will develop recommendations on ways industry-education partnerships can help students get high-quality credentials from community colleges. The recommendations will be presented at a national virtual symposium in April.

Joining Mr. Walker and Ms. McCall at the summit will be other Missouri community college leaders; representatives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the National Science Foundation; and experts in workforce and economic development.

Mr. Walker and Ms. McCall were nominated for participation in the summit by the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA). Mr. Walker is also the chairman of MCCA’s board of directors. Zora Mulligan, MCCA’s executive director, said, “This summit will be an excellent opportunity for representatives from Missouri to share our success stories – and to learn from what other states are doing.”


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