Impact of education on local economy is focus of Modesto forum next month

naustin@modbee.comJuly 18, 2013 

— The economic impact of education, gains of dollars spent and costs of teens dropping out, will be the focus of the State of Education Forum coming Aug. 28.

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce will present the forum as a buffet breakfast with the theme "Invested, Informed, Inspired."

Modesto civic leaders began the education initiative three years ago, pledging to support career-focused courses, recruit student mentors and forge tighter links between businesses and schools.

"Connecting educators and business leaders is critical for connecting an educated work force with desirable local jobs," said Chamber President Cecil Russell.

Headlining this year's program:

Speaker: Don Gatti, assistant superintendent, business services, Stanislaus County Office of Education, on "Education Funding and How it Impacts the Community"

Student presentation: The Manufacturing Academy of Ceres Unified School District

New initiative: Stanislaus County Superintendent Tom Changnon on the Destination Graduation initiative of the Stanislaus County Office of Education

Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at naustin@modbee.com or (209) 578-2339, on Twitter, @NanAustin, www.modbee.com/education.


AT A GLANCE

WHAT: The State of Education Forum: "Invested, Informed, Inspired"

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. breakfast, 8-9 a.m. program, on Wednesday, Aug. 28

WHERE: Martin Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St.

COST: $25, register at www.modchamber.org

INFO: For more, call Elizabeth Facanha (209) 577-5757 or email efacanha@modchamber.org.

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