Corning, CA, May 15, 2014 — Recognizing that a skilled workforce is vital to the economic and cultural health of a community, Rolling Hills Casino proudly hosted the “Expect S’More Opportunities, Summit on Education” in the Carlino’s Event Center.? ?The annual summit is a program of Expect More Tehama, a grassroots movement focused on raising expectations for college attendance and post-high school opportunities.
“The Rolling Hills Foundation champions local education programs and has been deeply involved with the Expect More Tehama program since its inception,” said Scott Chandler, Marketing Manager at Rolling Hills Casino.? ?“The summit brings together stakeholders in education to discuss how to improve literacy, raise expectations for education, and support youth in continuing their education and skills beyond high school,” said Chandler. “The stakeholders include parents, teachers, students and administrators as well as representatives from businesses, faith-based assemblies, service organizations, and government.”
Expect More Tehama got its start in 2009 when a small group met for coffee and wondered why more local youth were not attending college after high school. They determined that youth are more likely to attend college if the expectations are set early in life. The group equated expectations as hope for a brighter future, not just for individuals, but also for the community as a whole with higher paying jobs and a strong economy. Raising expectations for higher education within the community became a challenge.?To meet this challenge, the group organized a summit to bring together segments of the community that were working independently toward the same goals.?
According to Chandler, the annual summits have evolved greatly over the past five years. The initial purpose of the summit was to bring together stakeholders in education to brainstorm ideas, coordinate resources, and raise awareness about the importance of higher expectations. “In the beginning, we had a vision of what we wanted to see, and a hope that the new programs launched because of our brainstorming would be successful. Excitement increased at last year’s summit when we heard from presenters how our movement was making a difference. We were able to see beyond our mission statement to how higher expectations affects real people. This year, the focus of our summit was on the development of evidence-based programs.”?
The Expect More Tehama leadership team defined five key indicators for success that are measurable and for which the metrics are readily available. One of the indicators is third grade reading levels. This year’s summit focused on how to meet the targeted objectives. “The end result of an evidence-based program is clear cut, it isn’t influenced by emotional bias.” said Chandler. “We can measure whether our goals are met by whether metrics improve.”?
For more information about Expect More Tehama, visit their website http://expectmoretehama.com.
For more information about the Rolling Hills Foundation and its education initiatives, visit http://rollinghillscasino.com/community-development.
-from press release