PROVIDENCE (Nov. 30, 2012) – Steve Adams recently participated in a panel discussion that included prominent Rhode Island government, education and business leaders as part of an Education Summit hosted by the Providence Business News.
The event addressed the “skills gap” facing Rhode Island employers struggling to find employees with the education and skills needed for increasingly demanding jobs. Panelists discussed potential solutions for the lagging educational performance of many Rhode Island high school students, as well as innovative approaches to matching student interests with employer needs.
Potential solutions discussed included enhanced internship programs, greater emphasis on math and information technology skills, and academic programs that match student interests and creativity with specific jobs in the workplace.
During the panel discussion, Adams emphasized the need for individual “grit” as an important element of success.
Adams devotes a substantial portion of his practice to school law, advising educational institutions and education professionals on employment and labor matters, collective bargaining, legal compliance issues, budgets and fiscal matters, special education disputes and discipline concerns.
The other Education Summit panelists were: Ray DiPasquale, president of the Community College of Rhode Island; Andrea Castaneda, who heads accelerating school performance at the R.I. Department of Education; Brandon Melton, senior vice president of human resources at Lifespan; Dennis Littky, co-founder of The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (Met); and Pierre La Perriere, senior vice president at Gilbane Inc.
A second panel discussion at the Summit featured college and company leaders who addressed higher education and creating the kinds of jobs needed to attract college graduates to Rhode Island.
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