The 2013 Junior Achievement Summit on Work and Career Readiness

Dikembe Mutombo at JA Finance Park

On Dec. 3 - 4, 2013, Junior Achievement USA convened a summit on career and work readiness in Atlanta, Georgia. This important two-day event was made possible by the generous support of The Goizueta Foundation. The summit was hosted in the newly opened state-of-the-art Junior Achievements Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

The recent passage of the Common Core State Standards has created an unprecedented opportunity to define work and career readiness skills and the subsequent impact of the future of our students and our nation. The focus of the summit was to explore the following issues culminating in a published report defining key terms and outlining prospective solutions to:

  • Define work and career readiness
  • Illustrate the links between dropout prevention and work and career readiness preparation
  • Explore the challenges in preparing students to be work ready
  • Explore the impact of Blended or Interactive Learning Modules on Career Readiness

Participants for the summit included:

  • Carol Barkley, Former Director, California Department of Education
  • Gary Blanchette, Senior Vice President, Junior Achievement USA
  • Mary Catherine Desrosiers, Chief Strategy Officer, ASCD
  • Barbara Dreyer, CEO/President, Connections Education
  • Ruben Garcia, Co-Founder, HEF/District Director, Small Business Administration, Hispanic Education Foundation, San Diego Small Business Association
  • Lisa Gillis, Chief Academic Officer, Junior Achievement USA
  • Jack Harris, President, Junior Achievement of Georgia
  • Gisele Huff, Ph.D., Executive Director, Hume Foundation
  • Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO, Junior Achievement USA
  • Rick Ogston, Founder/CEO, Carpe Diem Schools
  • Wendy Oliver, Manager--Evaluation, Junior Achievement USA
  • Matlea Parker, Manager--Capstone Programs, Junior Achievement USA
  • Mickey Revenaugh, Executive Vice President, Connections Education
  • Themistocles Sparangis, Chief Technology Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Buzzy Thibodeaux, Executive Vice President, Junior Achievement USA
  • John Watson, Founder, Evergreen Education Group
  • Caprice Young, CEO, Education Growth Group

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