Juneau's Student Advisory Board Focusing on College and Career-Readiness

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
By Allyson Hagen

Juneau's Student Advisory Board Focusing on College and Career-Readiness

Helena, MT - Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is convening her statewide Student Advisory Board this Wednesday and Thursday, November 9 and 10. Students are gathering Wednesday evening at Exploration Works and at the UM-Helena College of Technology on Thursday. The focus of the first meeting of this year's Student Advisory Board is college and career-readiness.

"Every Montana student should be graduating from our public schools with the skills they need to be successful after high school," said Superintendent Juneau. "Our state's economic future relies on today's students receiving a quality education that prepares them to be tomorrow's leaders."

The Student Advisory Board consists of 40 high school students from 30 Montana schools. The board members, in grades 9–12, are traveling from rural communities such as Wibaux and Sunburst and from large communities such as Billings and Missoula. The board was created as part of Superintendent Juneau's statewide initiative, Graduation Matters Montana.

The board members will be advising Superintendent Juneau on issues such as: how to improve college-going rates in Montana, which activities and courses schools provide that give them the skills to take the next steps in their lives and how adults in schools and communities can support them in achieving their life's goals.

“The jobs of tomorrow are going to require our students to obtain additional technical training and education after high school. I need to know from our students if the education they are receiving in Montana's public schools is preparing them to reach their goals," Superintendent Juneau said.

The meeting is partly underwritten with the generous support of: Northwestern Energy, Optimum's Power to Learn initiative, the Student Assistance Foundation, Exploration Works, Helena Comfort Suites and UM-Helena College of Technology.

Press is invited to attend the meeting between 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, Thursday, November 10. The meeting is being held at the UM-Helena College of Technology, 1115 N Roberts, lower level, Rm #002-003.  

Additional information about the Student Advisory Board, including the agenda, is available on the Graduation Matters website: http://graduationmatters.mt.gov/studentadvisoryboard.


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