Thursday, April 28, 2005

Schedule in place for Marshall County’s first education/jobs summit

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

A line-up of business and industry leaders and educators will take part in panel discussions at Marshall County’s Education/Jobs Summit, Thursday, at the Holly Springs Multi-Purpose Building.

The event is the first school-to-workforce summit to be held in the county.

The event is free to the public.

Summit schedule

8:00 - Registration

8:30 - Welcome: Larry Hall Marshall County Administrator

8:35 - Presentation
Economic Outlook/Profile: Dr. Alan Barefield, Associate Director
Southern Rural Development Center

9:00 - Business and Industry Panel
Scott Beggs, president-Holly Springs Chamber
Cecelia Bost, MSRN Chief Operating Officer, Alliance HealthCare System Inc.
Shreda Jeffries, Human Resource Manager - Wal-Mart
Richard Townes, Senior Human Resource Representative
Fed Ex Ground

10:00 - Education and Training Panel
Tommy Gunn, Headmaster - Marshall Academy
Dr. David Haraway, President of Northwest Mississippi Community College
Don Randolph, Superintendent of Education, Marshall County School System
Ken Robinson, Director, Holly Springs Regional Technology Center
Dr. Gary Spears, President-Elect, Northwest Mississippi Community College

11:00 - Vision Panel
Gary Beadles , Create Foundation
Eddie Dixon, President, Marshall County Board of Supervisors
Harvey Payne, Parent - Holly Springs School District
Terry Rodgers, Marshall County School Board Member
Judy Smith, Superintendent of Education, Holly Springs School District
Cederic Stevenson, Intern - Holly Springs School District

12:00 - Lunch Speaker
Dr. Vaughn Grisham, Professor of Sociology – University of Mississippi
Director - McLean Institute

1:00 - Next Steps: Summit Action Plan
The summit is provided by Marshall County and the Marshall County Industrial Authority with assistance from the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District and the City of Holly Springs.

“The meeting will focus on education and workforce challenges in the Marshall County labor market area,” said Bill Dawson, chairman of the summit planning committee.

Call Del Stover at the IDA office, 662-252-3916, for more information.


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