East Texas Business, Community Leaders Encouraged to Attend Education Summit Regarding House Bill 5 Wednesday
KILGORE, TX—East Texas business and community leaders are invited to participate in discussions regarding the impact the new House Bill 5 (HB 5) requirements will have on the East Texas area workforce at an Education Summit being hosted by the Lufkin-Angelina County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center located at 607 N. Second St., in Lufkin.
With the passage of the bill in the past session of the state legislature, school districts statewide will be faced with implementing new graduation requirements and corresponding curriculum starting with the 2014-15 academic year, and Region 7 Education Service Center staff, school districts, colleges, communities and workforce agencies are collaborating to ensure successful implementation.
Hudson ISD Superintendent Mary Ann Whiteker will lead the summit with a presentation focused on the impact recommendations from last year’s summit had on HB 5, a brief overview of the new HB 5 requirements, and an overview of initial HB 5 implementation plans developed by districts in the Region 7 visioning cohort.
“At last year’s summit, our educators and business and community leaders talked, and we listened, which resulted in HB 5,” said Whiteker. “HB 5 success depends on schools, higher education and workforce working together to ensure it prepares all students for a successful future in their businesses. Education is the key to a strong economy, which is dependent on a quality workforce with academic and workforce skills.”
After Whiteker’s presentation, attendees will be divided into small groups and asked to openly discuss six questions specific business and industry employment needs that address training requirements, workforce skillset requirements, hands-on skills that would benefit students in preparing for the workforce, workforce academic learning standards, work-linked learning opportunities that could be offered to students and/or staff, and partnership opportunities.
Whiteker said the involvement from business and industry leaders in the summit will allow districts to design educational opportunities for students that better develop their education based on the demands of the workforce.
“We want to involve our partners in designing a 21st century education system that promotes college and workforce ready students,” Whiteker emphasized. “We do not want to limit our system to a one-size fits all but enhance it so that it embraces an educated, skilled workforce that can make the connections between school and post-secondary success. We must have the help of our business and industry partners to make these connections for our students.”
Lunch will be provided for attendees by Lufkin Industries. In addition to local business and industry leaders, summit attendees will include area school district superintendents, administrators and school board members, as well as Senator Robert Nichols and Representative Trent Ashby.
For those interested in attending the summit, please RSVP to the Chamber at 936-634-6644 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about HB 5 requirements, please visit the Region 7 Education Service Center’s HB 5 Resources web page at http://www.esc7.net/default.aspx?name=HB5.homepage.