Feb. 23 event’s focus is education’s impact on future jobs

Six school district leaders and several of the area’s major employers will be on hand for the South Kansas City Alliance’s first Education Summit. The event will be Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Mel Aytes Education Center on the Metropolitan Community College-Longview campus in Lee’s Summit.

The half-day Education Summit will feature four panel discussions. The superintendents panel, which will talk about school districts’ signature programs and workforce/industry partnerships, is scheduled to run from 8:10 to 9:15 a.m.

Those participating are Mark Bedell, superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools; Sharon Nibbelink, superintendent, Center School District; Allan Markley, superintendent, and Brian Huff, assistant superintendent for secondary education, Raytown School District; Kenny Rodrequez, superintendent, Grandview School District; and Carl Skinner, deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction, Hickman Mills School District.

Other panels will focus on education for employment, workforce development partnerships, and skill sets that employers need now. The employer panel will include representatives of Burns & McDonnell, Cerner Corp., Fishtech, Honeywell and St. Joseph Medical Center.

The Education Summit is sponsored by Cerner, Discovery Education and Metropolitan Community College.

The 7:30 a.m.-noon event, which includes breakfast, is free and open to the public but reservations are required. To RSVP, go to southkcalliance.org/event/skca-2017-education-summit. MCC-Longview is at 500 S.W. Longview Road in Lee’s Summit.

The goal of the summit is to provide current and prospective residents, businesspeople, neighborhood leaders, real estate agents, job seekers and others with an overview of educational institutions in south Kansas City.

The South Kansas City Alliance is a coalition of neighborhood organizations; civic, educational and faith institutions; nonprofit groups; and business interests “dedicated to a unified vision for South Kansas City.”

Ebony Bowman, chair of the Alliance’s education committee, is program coordinator in the MCC-Longview president’s office.

SKCA Education Summit