Consider This: "Are Our Students Prepared for The Future?"

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How parents and the business community can help prepare today’s students for the future?

What today’s students will experience during their lifetimes is simply unimaginable:
• Their world will be marked by constant change. Every product, service & aspect of life will change again & again.
• Technology is dramatically changing the world they will live in.
• Every job and career will either change with the times or go away.
• Millions of jobs go unfilled every year because of an ever-widening “skills gap,” that effects virtually every industry.
• Thousands of students graduate from college each year with more debt than they can ever repay.

How can today’s students prepare for their future?

How parents can help prepare students for the future?

How the business community can help prepare students for the future?

To begin to answer these questions, the Chamber of Commerce in Broadview Heights invites the parents of area high school and middle school students, and the local businesses community, to attend a free special program at Brecksville-Broadview Heights HS on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6:30pm.

Titles of Talks and Speaker Bios – December 3, 2018 :

Mr. John Klipfell: – “Are students ready for the future?”
John M. Klipfell is a retired CPA, retired American Greetings Corporation Senior Executive and Internal Entrepreneur, former small business owner, entrepreneur, former non-profit organization executive director, author, and Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce of Broadview Heights. He is Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio (an educational 501(c)(3) that provides educational instruction, curriculum, training, and mentoring that helps develop the entrepreneurial, economic, business, and scientific literacy of students and other 21st Century skills they will need in the future.) He is also Co-Director of the Believe in Ohio program that implemented recommendations of the Ohio Board of Regents to create an innovation pathway between the K-12 education system and the University System of Ohio. In June 2018, Klipfell was honored to be one of three representatives chosen to represent Ohio at a first ever White House Office of Science & Technology Policy conference in Washington DC to offer suggestions for a new Federal STEM education policy for the country.

Dr. Steve Gratz: “Understanding the wide range of career pathways that exist for students in Ohio”
Steve Gratz, Ph.D., is senior executive director of the Ohio Department of Education’s Center for Student Support and Education Options. Since 2014, he has overseen Ohio’s school options for students including career-technical education. He and his staff also administer school meal programs and College Credit Plus. While attending the Apollo Career Center, an administrator told him he would make an outstanding teacher. After graduating from Apollo, Gratz took a gap year and worked in Switzerland then as an agricultural mechanic before attending college and beginning his career as a teacher of agriculture. Gratz received his bachelor’s in agricultural education and agricultural economics, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural teacher
education all from The Ohio State University. As a teacher, he found that combining school with real-life work situations allows students to become much more engaged in school and reach higher levels of performance. Now, he advocates for project-based learning for all of Ohio’s students. Gratz was recognized as one of the top National AgriScience Teachers of the Year prior to coming to work at the Ohio Department of Education where he helps architect new programs and pathways that represent emerging fields in the future of work. Gratz and his wife, Andrea, a school counselor, live in Powell, Ohio. For fun, Gratz drives for Uber and Lyft. As a driver, he can meet new people and get their perspectives on education in Ohio.

Mr. Steven Ast: “Do students understand the financial realities of living the future life that they aspire to have?”
Mr. Steven Ast became the principal of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in August 2017. He is the proud father of three children (Preston, Avery, and Blakeley) and is married to his wife N’ecole who is also an education leader. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Ashland University and a Master in Science in Education at the University of Akron. His principal and superintendent licenses were completed through coursework at Cleveland State University. He was principal at Chagrin Falls High School for six years where he also served as an Assistant Principal. His first year in school administration was at Normandy High School in Parma as an Administrative Intern. He also taught Social Studies at Mayfield High School and began his career as a long-term substitute teacher at Solon High School. He has also served on both the Instructional Leadership and Legislative committees for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, and was a member of the College Board's Midwestern Regional Forum planning committee.

Mr. Seth Zaremba: “How local businesses can help students prepare for the future.”
Seth a Zaremba bio: “Thank you bad shoulders! I was the happiest steel fitter in NE Ohio. I was building 1000 ton steel bases on a factory floor 6 miles from my office today. I loved building big, expensive, heavy stuff. Three shoulder surgeries by the age of 28 meant that I would need a job pushing paper, not steel. For a guy who had never set foot in a college classroom, I needed an industry and profession with no barrier of entry, where hard work would be rewarded….enter insurance!” “I joined the insurance Industry in 1999 working in every area of the Independent agency world; starting as a producer and eventually agency Vice President for a local independent agency. Eventually that agency sold out to a national enterprise, one I would not fit with, and I left in 2008 to start my own agency, Zinc, from scratch. Serving as the initial employee for the first three year I can truly say, being the salesperson, the service person, and the owner all at the same time gave me a unique perspective and understanding of the agency world. Most importantly, it gave me valuable insight on how I would build a team.” “The Greatest reward now comes from growing a successful agency of 20 employees and taking care of the customers we serve. Doing business in 45 states with growing books of commercial and personal insurance, we are constantly looking for ways we can improve on the triple win; customers, carriers, and our agency”

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Event Details

Date: December 3, 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
6380 Mill Road
Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147


John Klipfell

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