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Have you registered? Next Essential Discussions - Closing the Skills Gap: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education

There is still time to register for Closing the Skills Gap: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education – the fourth event in our series of Essential Discussions: Conversations at Monroe Community College, a series that explores urgent topics that are shaping the postsecondary agenda. If you have already registered, I look forward to seeing you soon! If not, please visit MCC’s Website at This event is free and open to the public.

MCC will host this one-day colloquium on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. For this event, national speakers will share labor market data on the state of middle-skill jobs as well as promising best practices and emerging opportunities in higher education that address these shortfalls in the workforce. This event will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in the Warshof Conference Center of the R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center.

The colloquium will feature William Symonds, educational reformer, international speaker, and author of Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s seminal Pathways to Prosperity Project, Jeffrey Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s contributing editor  and author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students (virtual presentation), Dr. Cathrael Kazin; chief academic officer at the College for America at Southern New Hampshire University; and a response panel with some of the Greater Rochester-area’s leading educators, community, and business leaders. For further information about the keynote speakers and panelists, please visit MCC’s Website at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sheila Strong, executive assistant to the president, at <>. You can also share your comments on this event or topic on Twitter using the hashtag #MCCdiscussion.

PLEASE NOTE: This presentation will also be video-streamed to the Damon City Campus, room 5057.

Sheila M. Strong
Office of the President