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Wake County holding GradNation summit Friday

The railing around the outside fountain area at the Raleigh Convention Center became the backdrop Monday, June 8, 2015 for newly-minted Garner High School graduates and their families to pose for photos and video. The noon event inside the convention center had over 500 graduate during the Garner High ceremony.
The railing around the outside fountain area at the Raleigh Convention Center became the backdrop Monday, June 8, 2015 for newly-minted Garner High School graduates and their families to pose for photos and video. The noon event inside the convention center had over 500 graduate during the Garner High ceremony. hlynch@newsobserver.com

Around 250 Wake County school, business and community leaders will meet Friday in Raleigh to develop strategies to raise the high school graduation rate and to better prepare students for college.

Friday’s #WakeReady GradNation Community Summit come as the Wake County school system tries to carry out the goal laid out in its strategic plan to raise the graduation rate to 95 percent by 2020. Wake County is among 100 communities across the nation picked by America’s Promise to host a summit as part of that’s group GradNation Campaign to raise the national graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.

Wake’s 86.1 percent graduation rate is closer to America’s Promise’s goal than the district’s own goal. The goal of Friday’s all-day summit is to identify gaps in access to college and career readiness resources and develop a multi-year action plan to address those gaps.

One of the highlights is expected to be hearing from a youth panel of Wake high school juniors and seniors. Breakout sessions will be focused on college access, community programs, college admissions, career readiness and collective action.

The summit is organized by the Wake school system, YouthThrive and the Raleigh College and Community Collaborative. The summit is expected to bring together businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, local governments, higher education institutions, faith-based organizations, parents and young people.

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