On August 15th, Interim Board Chair Steve Wasserman took three busloads of teachers, schools administrators, and staff members to companies and manufacturing plants to provide insight into the skills that students need. Teachers saw first-hand what is needed to align their classroom curriculum with the world of work. They visited: Sonny’s Enterprises, largest car wash manufacturer in the United States; City Furniture, one million square foot corporate headquarters and distribution center; Sprout Loud and Rex 3, largest commercial printer in South Florida - high growth internet company; Marine Association of South Florida (MASF), 7 billion dollar industry in South Florida - Tour of Roscioli and Water Taxi on New River (view existing working Marinas); Mario Portillo-Actavis (soon to be Teva), largest generic drug manufacturer in the world; Broward Health- Cora E. Braynon Family Center, health care professions.

The Council for Educational Change recently honored former Miami Heat All Star Center Alonzo Mourning with its Inaugural Leadership in Education Award for his contribution to education in South Florida. The event was held at the Trump National Doral Miami and over 180 local business executives attended the function to support the Council and pay tribute to Mr. Mourning.

In his acceptance speech, Mourning explained that public schools are in dire need of resources and that simply relying upon state funds is not enough. Mourning encouraged those in attendance to develop  business partnerships with public schools and explained that “together we can make a difference.”

Highlights of the event to honor Alonzo Mourning held on February 5, 2015

 

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