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Mesa to host Higher Education Conference & Expo
By: Kevin Christopher
09/10/12 5:05 PM

Public Information & Communications
For Release: Sept. 10, 2012
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Public Information & Communications Specialist
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The City of Mesa, in partnership with Mesa Counts on College, presents the first Mesa Higher Education Conference & Expo Friday, Sept. 21 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Theater. The purpose of the event is to gather all of Mesa’s non-profit higher education partners in one location to inspire and engage businesses, academic leaders, school faculty and staff, students and parents.

“This conference is a great opportunity for the new colleges and universities coming to Mesa to meet each other and get familiar with our academic community and resources we have to offer,” Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said. “Working together from the start will help ensure the success of Mesa as Arizona’s newest college town.”

The conference will include a program at 3:30 p.m. featuring the presidents of four new colleges expanding to Mesa (Benedictine University, Westminster College, Albright College and Wilkes University), Mesa Community College President Dr. Shouan Pan, Mayor Scott Smith and City Manager Chris Brady. More than ten existing and new higher education partners in Mesa will participate in the “expo” to provide information and promote the ultimate goal of achieving post-secondary completion.

“The primary focus of Mesa Counts on College is to increase post-secondary attainment, which in turn supports workforce and economic development in Mesa. We are pleased to unite with the new college and university partners to build and sustain a better-educated, viable workforce for our community,” Mesa Counts on College Board Chair and Mesa Community College President Dr. Shouan Pan said. “The Higher Education Expo will provide our community with opportunities to explore educational options and how we can work together to broaden and strengthen community commitment and engagement in post-secondary success and completion.”

Mesa Counts on College is a partnership between the City of Mesa, Mesa Community College and Mesa Public Schools designed to boost college completion rates. Mesa was among four cities in the United States awarded a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help achieve this goal.

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