Niagara Gazette — He said the country will need 10 million new skilled workers by 2020. Places like Niagara Orleans BOCES are trying to keep up, as is Niagara University, where we headed after a delightful student prepared lunch.
At NU, our classmate, Patty Wrobel, an associate dean at the school’s College for Education, told us about what the university is doing to help the children of our region keep up, including fortifying Niagara area educators from nursery school through high school, and doing battle against a 22 percent illiteracy rate in Niagara County.
Patty noted that the university provides about 58,000 volunteer hours to our region which works out to be about $5 million in educational assistance, training about 200 teachers in science, technology, english and math instruction and fortifying students in those subjects through camps and other programs.
In all, a day that left me hopeful. It’s a familiar feeling that occurs after each monthly Leadership class.
As the year comes to a close, and my graduation ceremony coming up mid-month, I have to say, despite early concerns, I’m very pleased at the return on the investment of my time. Coming up next is the closing retreat on Thursday which I expect to document in a year-end column. Stay tuned.
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