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The Coalition for Educational Success Summit: Higher Education’s Role in Preparing the New American Workforce was held in Denver and Aurora, Colorado on October 21 and 22, 2011. The two-day summit brought together experts and decision-makers from higher education, government, non-profits, and think tanks to discuss the role of academics, policy, innovation, and employer partnerships in creating "career-ready" graduates.

The Summit kicked off on October 21 with a welcome reception at the Denver Marriott Tech Center and featured speeches by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer. On October 22, the Summit moved to the Ecotech Institute, the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design, located in nearby Aurora, Colorado. The day included keynote speeches by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and New York Times columnist and author Joe Nocera. Additionally, there were three high-level panel discussions where business leaders, academics, higher education leaders, and policymakers lead panel discussions examining the changing American workplace and how it is impacting the role and expectations of college graduates.

View the official agenda from the Summit

About Ecotech Institute

Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design. The college offers seven associate's degrees and a certificate program designed by experts in the industry for people seeking careers in the emerging cleantech economy. | more >

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