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Wake County to host #WakeReady GradNation Community Summit

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We have set a goal through our Strategic Plan that by 2020, we will annually graduate at least 95% of our students ready for productive citizenship as well as higher education or a career. To help reach our ambitious goal, we need help from the entire community: businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, local governments, higher education institutions, faith based organizations, parents, young people, and YOU.

That’s why Wake County has been selected as one of just 100 communities across the country to host a GradNation Community Summit, designed to improve our graduation rate. Along with YouthThrive and Raleigh College and Community Collaborative, we are bringing together stakeholders from throughout the community to identify gaps in access to college and career readiness resources and develop a multi-year action plan to address those gaps.

Registration for our free #WakeReady GradNation Community Summit is now open, but seats are limited. Register now to secure your enrollment and lunch reservation.
 What:    #WakeReady GradNation Community Summit
 When:    April 29, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 Where:    DoubleTree by Hilton- Brownstone
   1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27605
 Why:    To increase access to college and career readiness resources 
   Leaders from businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, local government,    public schools, higher education, foundations, faith- based organizations,
   parents and youth
Our #WakeReady summit will include:
  • Youth panel of WCPSS high school juniors and seniors, 
  • Jorge Aguilar - Associate Superintendent for Equity and Access in Fresno Unified School District and Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational and Community Partnerships at the University of California, Merced
  • Anderson Williams - Co-founder and former Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Tennessee College Access and Success Network 
  • Breakout sessions focused on:
    • College access
    • Community-based programs
    • College admissions
    • Career readiness
    • Collective action
We want your help to eliminate the disparities in college attendance, college completion, and/or career preparation so that more students will have the knowledge and resources they need to access college and rewarding career opportunities.

The GradNation Community Summits are part of the GradNation campaign, led by America’s Promise Alliance, to engage communities around the country on raising graduation rates to help more young people reach adult success.

The premier sponsor of the national GradNation Community Summits initiative is AT&T as part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s $350 million commitment to graduate more students from high school ready for college and career.
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