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Getting High School Dropouts to Drop Back In

The numbers are staggering. In Detroit, 25% of residents 25 or older never finished high school. Looking at the city’s 10.1% unemployment rate, twice the state and national levels, it’s impossible not to see a correlation. Even those who are employed are hampered by the lack of a high school diploma, often lacking the skills and confidence to advance in their jobs. Fortunately, technology can provide flexibility for adults to go back to school.

This panel will discuss challenges & rewards of creating innovative programs in both the corporate & public sectors, including the Detroit Collective Impact – Pathway to Education & Work and McDonald’s employee programs that have made a difference

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  1. Understand how to create and maintain an innovative public-private partnership to deliver education to those who need it most.
  2. Uncover creative ways to engage with local government leaders to support and fund a public -private partnership for workforce development.
  3. Understand how technology coupled with personal coaching can re-engage adults in education and workforce training.



Kristina Massari, Sr Mgr, PR, Cengage Learning

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