For Immediate Release - May 20, 2013


Future Ready Summit
Governor Patrick discusses the importance of college and career readiness at the Future Ready Summit at the DCU Center in Worcester.
(Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office)
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WORCESTER – Monday, May 20, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick, along with Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, today kicked off the Commonwealth’s Future Ready summit in Worcester. The summit brought together more than 500 education and workforce leaders from across Massachusetts to discuss the tools necessary to prepare children for college and career success.

In his remarks, Governor Patrick called upon the stakeholders to voice their support for the necessary investments the Commonwealth’s education system that will create growth and opportunity today, and leave a better Commonwealth for the next generation.

“Now is the time to fulfill the promise of a great education for every child in the Commonwealth, so that every child is college and career ready -- so that jobs and opportunity grow,” said Governor Patrick, “The choices before us are about real people’s lives and opportunities, yours and your neighbors’.  If we want to do more not just to envision a better future, but actually enable it, we need to face the choices before us now, fearlessly, candidly and together.”

Read the Governor’s full remarks here.

The Governor’s education proposal would provide universal access to high quality early education for children across the state, from birth through age five; fully fund K-12 education and allow for extended school days in high-need schools; make college more affordable and accessible for high school graduates; and allow community colleges to expand their efforts to provide students with the knowledge and skill training needed to succeed in the workplace.

“This summit demonstrates just how seriously we consider this work,” said Secretary Malone. “We must do everything we can to create a system that responds to the needs of our labor market and prepares our students for college and career success.”

The summit, held at Worcester’s DCU Center, allowed participants to discuss what it will take to build a statewide system of aligned and strategic partnerships that best support students in K-12 and then through college and into successful careers. The summit also aimed to create more opportunities for adult learners reentering the job market.

"We are making great strides in Massachusetts to ensure that every child experiences a program of instruction that leads to success after high school," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "The Future Ready campaign will help build awareness among educators, students, parents, employers and others about what it takes to get all students ready for college and careers - and how they each can help us achieve that goal."

The Patrick-Murray Administration has made it a priority to address the growing skills gap in Massachusetts. Recent studies have indicated that available jobs in Massachusetts remain unfilled because the workforce is not appropriately trained.

"Massachusetts needs the best-educated citizenry and workforce in the nation," said Commissioner of Higher Education Richard M. Freeland. “The Future Ready campaign will help us provide our student mentors with critical information to help them motivate and inspire students to succeed at the highest levels."

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