#WakeReady Event

#WakeReady Agenda




8:30am – 9:00am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30am

Morning Session

Moderator: Brenda Elliott, Wake County Public School System Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services
Welcome: Cathy Moore, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Advancement, Wake County Public School System
Video: America’s Promise Alliance
Remarks: Robert Doreauk, Regional Director of External Affairs, AT&T North Carolina (Corporate Sponsor)
College Going Data Presentation: Rodney Trice, Assistant Superintendent for Equity Affairs, Wake County Public School System (PPT)
Featured Speaker: Jorge Aguilar, Associate Superintendent for Equity and Access in Fresno Unified School District and Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational and Community Partnerships at the University of California, Merced (PPT)

10:45am – 12:15pm

Morning Breakout Workshops

College Access, Caucus Room
Gwen Rhoulac, Director of Professional Development, CFNC Pathways at UNC General Administration (PPT, Checklist for College, Exploring Careers)
Vanessa Barnes, Dean of Students, Millbrook Magnet High School and NC Department of Public Instruction College Access Taskforce
Community-based Programs, Washington Room
Travis Mitchell, President, Communities In Schools Wake County
Betsey McFarland, Executive Director, Wade Edwards Learning Lab (The WELL) (PPT)
College Admissions, Lincoln Room
Thomas Griffin, Director, NC State University Admissions Office
Stacey D. Sowell, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Shaw University (PPT)
Career Readiness, Jefferson Room
Felicia Gray-Watson, Career and Technical Education Support Services Section Chief, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (PPT)
Collective Action, Roosevelt Room
Jorge Aguilar,Morning featured speaker
12:15pm – 1:30pm

Luncheon and Youth Panel

Moderator: Robin Rennells Youth Thrive Interim Executive Director
Remarks: Tom Benton, Chair, Wake County School Board
Remarks: Dr. James West, Chair, Wake County Commissioners
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Afternoon Breakout Workshops

College Access, Caucus Room
Marchelle Horner, Account Manager, ACT (PPT)
Deirdra Williams, Dean of Counseling and Student Services, Heritage High School
Jamal Carr, Graduation Coach, Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design
Tara Delgado, Graduation Coach, East Millbrook Magnet Middle School (PPT)
Community-based Programs, Washington Room
Christian-Dave Villazor, Student, NC State University
Cassidy Celeste, Student, NC State University
College Admissions, Lincoln Room
Gia Kaul, Director, College Board
Jennifer Tywater, Chief Program Officer, College Advising Corps
Career Readiness, Jefferson Room
Sandra Lynne Dietrich, Vice President of Curriculum Education Services, Wake Tech Community College
Jill Oliver, Career Development Coordinator, Vernon Malone College and Career Academy
Collective Action, Roosevelt Room
Anderson Williams, Afternoon featured speaker
3:15pm – 4:15pm

Afternoon Session

Moderator: Jose Picart, Raleigh Colleges and Community Collaborative Executive Director
Featured Speaker: Anderson Williams, Co-founder and former Senior Director of Strategic  Initiatives for the Tennessee College Access and Success Network (PPT)

4:15pm – 4:30pm Call to Action: Brenda Elliott Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services, Wake County Public School System

View the Storify of the event here!

WCPSS Blog of the event

WCPSS Student Blog of her experience at #WakeReady