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October 21, 2012

Initiative seeks to link learning, cradle through career

Seeks to link education, cradle through career

PLATTSBURGH — A cohesive focus on education from birth throughout career is one way to help a community thrive.

The THRIVE public/private partnership was the main topic of a recent education forum hosted by the Partnership for Community Development at Clinton Community College. 

Clinton Community College President John Jablonski said THRIVE evolved from the Clinton County Workforce Development Roundtable and its cradle-through-career approach to education, a desire to link stages in the education process rather than leaving gaps between levels.

It is not just educators advocating for education, but also business leaders, health and human-services providers and economic-development officials. 

GOOD FOR ALL

Professor Colin Read, chair of the SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Economics and Finance, said they all recognize that education of the region’s children is good for everyone’s quality of life.

“Public education is for us all,” he said.

North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said education and the prosperity it provides are vital to continued economic development and are going to become more so in the future. He said the pieces are there now; they just need to become more cohesive.

SIX GOALS

Perry Kurtz, THRIVE data manager, said the leadership council has come up with six goals: that every child is prepared to enter school, every student is supported inside and outside of school, each succeeds academically, every student enrolls in some form of post-secondary education, each one graduates and enters a career and that the community is actively engaged in lifelong learning.

Victoria Zinser Duley, associate dean for institutional research at Clinton Community College, said they devised 42 indicators that will be used to measure the success of the initiative. The data has been collected, and a baseline report is expected to be released later this month, she said.

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