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Rick Scott, Florida Chamber Foundation hosting education summits

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Get ready to focus on education, Orlando.

Gov. Rick Scott will host a “Degrees to Jobs Summit” in Orlando later this month. The two-day summit will come about a month after Senate President-Designate Joe Negron took a tour of the state’s public universities.

“Since December 2010, the hardworking businesses of our state have created more than 1,056,000 jobs,” said Scott in a video announcing the summit. “To continue this success, our higher education system most focus on preparing students for these newly created jobs.”

Scott said the goal of the summit was to connect “higher education stakeholders with Florida’s businesses” to find ways the state can prepare “students for the growing job market” in Florida.

“We want each graduate to be prepared with the skills they need to get a job and succeed in Florida,” he said.

The Degrees to Jobs Summit will be at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando on May 25 and May 26.

While Scott is focusing on higher education, the Florida Chamber Foundation will focus on all levels of education at its 2016 Learners to Earners Education Summit. That event will be held June 2 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

The day-long summit will focus on pre-kindergarten through workforce education. Among those expected to participate are Patricia Levesque, the CEO of the Foundation for Florida’s Future; Ed Moore, the executive director of Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida; and Chris Hart IV, the president and CEO of CareerSource Florida.

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