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This year’s theme is Inclusion and Innovation in College Access: Cultivating Michigan Youth. Post-secondary education remains the best way for youth to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our evolving global landscape. While 70% of jobs in Michigan now require training beyond high school, the state lags behind the nation’s average for college attainment and fewer than a quarter of the state’s high school graduates are college-ready. Together, WE are the solution!

This year, we’re looking to showcase and celebrate inclusive practices and innovative impacts. Topics to be explored in a seven-minute lightning talk may include:

· Inclusive Programming and Practices
· Innovative Use of Technology in K-12 Outreach
· Cross-Campus and Community Partnerships
· Diversity and Inclusion in Educational Goals
· Program Evaluation and Assessment
· Cultivating Interest in STEM
· Enhancing Institutional Missions through K-12 Outreach
· Engaging College Students in K-12 Outreach
· Career Readiness