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GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit - Dec. 1

Thursday, November 05, 2015

On Dec. 1, the Watson College will host the GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit, convened by UNCW’s Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition.

The summit is one of 100 that are being held around the country through 2016. The summits are co-sponsored by America’s Promise Alliance as part of its GradNation campaign, a national movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and increase postsecondary enrollment and completion. 

In 2013 AT&T pledged $5 million over four years to support all 100 of the GradNation Community Summits.

Like previous UNCW Dropout Prevention Coalition (DPC) events, the focus of the summit is on promoting successful programs in the region that enhance student success and help to increase high school graduation rates.

The keynote speaker is Darrell Scott from Rachel’s Challenge, a program that has been adopted by schools around the world including 120 schools in Southeastern North Carolina. A lunch panel and 18 breakout sessions will feature successful programs offered in the region by area schools, government agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Join Live Webcast of the Wilmington Summit

Attendance at the event is full, but interested individuals can register to watch a live webcast of events including the keynote speaker and panel discussions with local community leaders. Please register by 8 p.m. on Nov. 30. You will receive an email with directions on how to access the webcast, which is password protected.

Events that will be webcast include:

  • Welcome and overview of the day  (9–9:30 a.m.)                                                     
  • Keynote address: Darrell Scott, Rachel’s Challenge (9:30-10:30 a.m.)                                     
  • Breakout Session:  New Hanover County Interagency Agreement featuring Chief District Court Judge J. Corpening (10:50-11:40 a.m.)
  • Lunch Panel Presentation: Community Support for our Schools and Students. Panelists include Jonathan Barfield, chair, New Hanover County Commissioners; Sterling Cheatham, Wilmington City Manager; Lisa Estep, member, New Hanover County Board of Education; Susi Hamilton, North Carolina House of Representatives, District 18; Connie Majure-Rhett, president and CEO, Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce; Tim Markley, Superintendent, New Hanover County Schools; and Ron Zapple, New Hanover County commissioner. (12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.)         
  • Breakout Session: Business Support for Schools and Students featuring John Lyon, Regional Director of External Affairs, AT&T and Connie Majure-Rhett, President and CEO, Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. (1:05-1:55 p.m.)

Register for the live webcast of the summit here: https://selectsurvey.uncw.edu/selectsurveynet/TakeSurvey.aspx?PageNumber=1&SurveyID=7lKH5o81L&Preview=true

For information about GradNation Summits visit www.americaspromise.org/program/gradnation-community-summits