Friday, October 16, 2015

Edison Students Selected to Propel Ohio

Edison students, Sarah Ray (R) and Brittany Tackett (L) prepare to travel to Columbus to participate in Senator Sherrod Brown’s Propel Ohio.
Edison State Community College students Sarah Ray and Brittany Tackett have been selected to participate in Senator Sherrod Brown’s Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit on Friday, October 16, 2015, in Columbus. The one-day program is aimed at promoting civic engagement and connecting college students with resources on careers related to public service in Ohio.

“The success of our state – and our nation – depends on the commitment, compassion, and engagement of our young people,” Senator Sherrod Brown said. “For our democracy to thrive and our communities to prosper, we need citizens not only to give back to their communities, but take ownership for improving them. That’s why this summit is so important. By reaching Ohio’s next generation of leaders, we can reaffirm the value of public service and lay the groundwork for a vibrant civic life for generations to come.”

Sarah Ray, of Covington, is a second year student who is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree and intends to continue her education in Criminal Psychology upon graduating from Edison. Ray currently serves as President of the Edison chapter of the national honorary society for two-year institutions, Phi Theta Kappa, acts as the Secretary of Edison’s Student Senate, and is involved with the Edison Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Outside of Edison, Ray is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the Covington Rescue Squad.

Brittany Tackett, of Piqua, is currently pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Edison. In addition to attending Edison as a student, Tackett is an AmeriCorps College Completion Coach. As a Completion Coach, Tackett provides hands-on guidance and assistance to Edison students to help promote their persistence to graduation. Tackett is also involved with the Edison chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Writing Club.

The summit will feature discussions with a number of business and community leaders, including Tanisha Robinson, Co-Founder & CEO at Print Syndicate, who will give the keynote address. The day will conclude with an internship fair where students learn more about organizations and career opportunities in their communities.

Each of Ohio’s two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities were invited to appoint undergraduate students to attend the program. Interested students then submitted an application to attend the conference, and were ultimately selected by each college or university’s president for participation.

Senator Sherrod Brown is partnering with the Ohio Campus Compact, the Corporation for National and Community Service, The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, the GAR Foundation, Print Syndicate, Nationwide, and the John Glenn Civic Leadership Council to create this program to expand community service opportunities for Ohio’s future leaders.

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