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Lack of business involvement frustrates Lancaster educators

By , - Last modified: March 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

A postsecondary education report briefing Wednesday at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry drew few businesses.

“It’s indicative of the challenge we have here,” chamber President Tom Baldridge said to the educator-heavy audience in opening.

Education has become a higher priority for the chamber in the past several years, he said, but there is still a lot of work to do to before achieving the kind of robust partnerships needed for effectual change.

Rob Wonderling, who chaired the governor’s advisory commission on postsecondary education, gave a brief overview of the key recommendations the commission submitted in November. He emphasized the vision for business-education collaboration, including creating innovation centers on campuses.

Educators expressed support for the proposals but emphasized that they believe business collaboration with education will be a key ingredient for success.

“I think there’s a lot of complaining but not involvement,” Gerald Eckert said of businesses. Vice president for advancement at Millersville University, Eckert served on the commission with Wonderling.


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