Nominate an Outstanding Teen Citizen - Deadline - Feb. 7
17th Annual Key to Employment for the 21st Century Symposium, Wednesday, February 5
The Metropolitan Education Commission's Key to Employment for the 21st Century Symposium will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the University of Arizona Student Union Ballroom.
The Symposium is designed to inspire students to pursue college, science, technology, and 21st Century careers. It provides students with an opportunity to meet industry professionals, to explore technologies, to learn about courses of study, skills and educational requirements that will prepare them for college, and to connect with colleges, trade schools, and community organizations that provide opportunities for internships and training.
The Symposium is an excellent opportunity for Tucson and Pima County high school students to meet with high-tech industry professionals and representatives from University of Arizona tech-oriented departments, allowing them to begin making career choices and understanding the academic requirements for achieving their goals. The U of A campus tour that is conducted is an additional incentive for students to pursue their academic and career goals.”
High-tech companies that are interested in being an Exhibitor are encouraged to visit http://www.mec4education.org to register. We are also soliciting Sponsorships for the event, please email metcom@the river.com or call 520-670-0055 to find out how to become a Sponsor.
Next MEC Regular Meetings
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.
Regular Meetings are held from 4:00 - 6:00p.m. at the Tucson Pima Public Library- Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701
Great News ! I3 INNOVATION GRANT
Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) has been awarded a four year highly competitive U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) funding of three million dollars. MEC was one of only 23 recipients out of 587 applicants, and received the highest score of those selected. The MEC’s dedication to assist youth in reaching their educational goals extends far into Arizona. The grant will fund the Wisdom Project- High school completion & readiness initiative serving students of the Indian Oasis- Baboquivari Unified School District (IOBUSD).
The Wisdom Project is designed to transform Baboquivari Middle School, Baboquivari High School and alternative sites into high-performing schools, each with a rigorous college preparation curriculum. It brings the resources from Pima County and Tucson through the MEC to respond to the needs within IOBUSD. Additionally, youth and young adult school dropouts will have the opportunity to resume their studies through alternative education; youth within the Juvenile Detention Center will have opportunities to access educational services as well. This funding extends MEC programs including the Regional College Access Center, the Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress, and the Key to Employment for the 21st Century Symposium to IOBUSD.
The award has already been cited in the Education Weekly and can be found on the U. S. Department of Education website.
REGIONAL COLLEGE ACCESS CENTER (RCAC)
Facilitates the access to and success in college for all Pima County students, with a special focus on students from low-income households or who are the first in their family to attend post-secondary education programs. For more information, please click on the link below: