Community Invited to First Comeback2College Event

Summit Education Initiative distributed the following press release on July 11, 2016.

AKRON, OHIO – A comeback movement is taking shape in Summit County.

Individuals interested in going back to college—or attending for the first time—are invited to attend Summit Education Initiative’s first Comeback2College event on July 21. This free event will bring Scott Roberts from The University of Akron’s Adult Focus to share information about degrees and high-value credentials attendees may pursue to help advance their careers.

Jason Miller, adult coordinator at College Now, will speak about his “comeback” experience and share ways his organization can help individuals who are seeking more education.

“Developing a structure to your education will guide you to your goals quicker and more efficiently,” Miller says. “We can help new students do just that.”

Laura Conley, director of Adult Focus at The University of Akron, hopes Miller will help encourage others who attend Comeback2College to further their education.

“The hardest part is getting started,” Conley says. “That’s why departments like Adult Focus exist. We look forward to helping anyone who needs assistance achieve their educational goals.”

Through the efforts of Phil Martucci, college attainment team strategy leader at SEI, the organization supports the increase of educational attainment in Summit County.

“It’s important that people realize the more education you receive, the more potential you have to also experience financial stability and a happy life,” Martucci says. “We’re trying to show community members there are many different options available for earning more education.”

SEI’s College Attainment Team is working toward a 48,000-degree goal, which calls for increasing Summit County’s degree attainment to 48,000 new college degrees and high-value credentials by 2025. This goal is associated with Goal 2025, a national effort led by Lumina™ Foundation that represents a commitment to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

The first Comeback2College event will begin at 4 p.m. on July 21 at Summa Center at New Seasons in Akron. SEI will provide light appetizers and beverages for up to 60 attendees.

Register to attend for free at seisummit.org/comeback2college. Individuals may contact Phil Martucci at pmartucci@seisummit.org with questions.

Representatives from Kent State University and Stark State College will attend future Comeback2College events.

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About Summit Education Initiative

Summit Education Initiative (SEI) is a nonprofit organization working to enhance the educational experiences of individuals and their families living in Summit County. SEI believes this helps ensure every student graduates prepared, passionate and persistent. The mission of SEI is to improve personal and regional prosperity through increased educational attainment.