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Panel discusses preparing students for work place

Nov. 7, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Educators and business leaders will speak on how young people are being educated for the work place at an event at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites. The discussion is part of a weeklong focus and one of three "community conversations" with various groups on the Kalamazoo Promise, a scholarship program for graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools,.

Moderated by Ron Kitchens, CEO of Southwest Michigan First, the panel will include: Jim Weber, president, Weber Specialties; Michael Rude, vice president of human resources, Stryker Corporation; Michael Rice, superintendent, Kalamazoo Public Schools; Cindy Buckley, director of training and development, Kalamazoo Valley Community College/MTEC; and Ron Fuller, Superintendent, Allegan Intermediate School District.

Coffee and rolls will be served at prior to the discussion at 7 a.m. Sponsors include Southwest Michigan First, the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, or KRESA.

Other panel forums will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Epic Center's Wellspring Theatre concerning arts education and the schools and community; and at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Greater Kalamazoo Area Realtors on promoting the Kalamazoo area.

Reservations are required and can be made by visiting www.PromiseWeek.com or by calling (269) 345-1913.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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