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Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 13th to join Scott Rice in for the 4th Annual Education Symposium.


Education thought leaders are adopting a different perspective on the issue of student success. It goes beyond success in academics to also include developing interpersonal skills, having experiences that contribute to character growth and enjoying a productive, satisfying life when you leave school.

Mark your calendars! Thursday ,October 13th please join Scott Rice for the 4th Annual Education Symposium at the new Johnson County Community College Collaboration Center from 9:30am-3pm.

Education Symposium 2016 Registration


9:30am – 10:00am : Registration and Networking
10:00am – 11:30am : Adam Arredondo, co-founder, director of entrepreneurship C.E.E.D (center of entrepreneurial ecosystem development)

Due to the proliferation of technology, the world is changing faster than any other time in history. It’s vital that education adapts quickly or millions of graduates won’t be equipped to succeed in the 21st century. Lucky for us, Kansas City is experiencing an entrepreneurial and cultural renaissance that we can leverage to fuel the needed change.

Adam will illustrate the opportunity we have in Kansas City and the soft skills needed to succeed. To cap it off, an activity will demonstrate the type of experiences needed in education while challenging attendees entrepreneurial spirit. Get ready because there are going to be winners!

11:30am – 12:00pm : Christy McWard, Director, The Collaboration Center at Johnson County Community College and Vincent Miller, Dean, Academic Support at Johnson County Community College

Located in the heart of JCCC’s beautiful Overland Park campus, the CoLab will provide many resources that help students, faculty and community partners to create collaborative, experiential learning opportunities. The CoLab is an active learning environment offering an array of resources — imaginative co-work spaces, advanced technology, technical support, research assistance, event coordination — all focused on student success. The environment facilitates collaboration on interdisciplinary projects among students, faculty and industry. Students will apply what they learn to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills critical to career success. The CoLab encourages student and faculty connections to area businesses and community organizations, helping the college fulfill its mission to inspire learning, transform lives and strengthen communities.

12:00pm – 1:00pm : Lunch Break : Regnier Conference Center
1:00pm – 2:00pm : Danielle Theiss Dion, Library Director, De Paul Library, University of Saint Mary – Steelcase Grant Recipient

Danielle Theiss Dion, University of Saint Mary’s library director and current Ed.D. student in higher education administration, reflects on the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned in creating a new active learning center within the library. Learn how the university structured their proposal for the 2016 Steelcase Education Active Learning Center grant and succeeded to receive one of six higher education awards out of 790 entrants. Participants will be encouraged and invited to share strategies for successful stakeholder collaboration initiatives, active learning strategies, and space creation stories.

2:00pm – 3:00pm : Andrew Kim, Manager, WorkSpace Futures at Steelcase

Setting the Stage for Creative Collaboration: Interested in exploring the power that “place” or environment has in enabling greater creative collaboration and innovation? Ever heard of maker spaces or informal learning environments that are encouraging design thinking, prototyping and more hands on learning? Steelcase Education design researcher, Andrew Kim, will share through an interactive presentation how people, place and technology can be brought together to foster creative collaboration.

3:00pm – 3:30pm : Wrap-up




The new web pages on the JCCC site describe the mission, resources and a partial list of activities supported by The CoLab.

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October 13, 2016
9:30 am - 3:00 pm


Stacy Roth


Johnson County Community College | CoLab
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210 United States
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