Expect More Tehama Summit 2016

Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can. This simple quote by Arthur Ashe is at the heart of what makes positive change and a real difference in people’s lives. Whether you employ and develop interns or take students to see a play; whether you coach Little League or lead a 4-H Group, doing what you can and expecting more makes all the difference.

This report and the 2016 Expect More Tehama Summit are a reminder of the good work caring adults and organizations do every day. The Summit brings together a wide variety of stakeholders who rarely have opportunities to meet up otherwise. These convenings continue to be critical to answering the question: What can we begin to do or put in place to raise expectations for our students beyond a high school diploma?

This year at the Summit, we heard about great work taking place in our high schools to prepare students for job opportunities in manufacturing. Bill Gaines of Transfer Flow and the Grow Manufacturing Initiative made a strong case for the manufacturing sector and what critical positions are needed now and in the future. We heard from interns in healthcare and manufacturing. Internships are becoming key to bridging college students and new graduates to their field of work while benefiting employers as well. We celebrated two huge announcements: the award of an Education Talent Search grant to the Tehama County Department of Education to continue the college support system established through College OPTIONs and the launch of a new regional collaborative, North State Together, supported by The McConnell Foundation and Shasta College and involving Tehama, Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou and Modoc Counties. This is an enormous endorsement of community/education partnerships, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Summit audience learned about 3D printers and the power of a makerspace inside the walls of Juvenile Hall. They also glimpsed into the future with Redding’s Rachel Hatch, a futurist and Northstate leader.

Ultimately, caring adults are the change makers. They help kids, from cradle to career, move in the right direction. Without them, and more of them, we won’t succeed. We thank you for making a difference every day and we invite you to stay connected with Expect More Tehama as great things unfold in 2017!

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