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4th Annual East End Chamber Education Symposium Celebrates College-Bound East End Students

4th Annual East End Chamber Education Symposium Celebrates College-Bound East End Students

The 4th Annual East End Chamber Education Symposium celebrated the accomplishments of East End high school students and offered workforce development strategies to attendees. The half-day event took place on Wednesday, April 27 at the impressive Federal Reserve Bank building on Allen Parkway.

The Education Symposium was presented by the East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation who is committed to serving the education and community needs of Houston’s East End by partnering with businesses, chamber members and the East End community to offer resources, monetary support and guidance to local students.

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Offering four different panel-style breakout forums, bookended by a breakfast and lunch keynote session, the symposium provided the perfect amount of thought-provoking knowledge and observation of the current state of the education system in Houston and how to best prepare our future generations for success in the workforce. During the breakfast keynote, attendees heard from HISD Interim Superintendent Ken Huewitt on the state of the school district. Following breakfast, attendees were able to choose between two different back-to-back forums (descriptions below).

Forum A: What Skills Do Future Generations Need to Advance Houston’s Workforce?

Forum B: What is Houston Doing to Provide Opportunities for a Solid Education and Career Pathways for Our Students?

Forum C: Developing a Sustainable Supply Chain Workforce for America’s Distribution Hub for the Next Generation.

Forum D: Generation Z (Boomlets 2001 – Now), Adapting Our Education & Workforce Initiatives to a Digital Age. How to Work with Generation Z (Boomlets).

Each forum offered moderated discussions from a selection of panelists who all provided expert advice in their respective fields.

During lunch, attendees heard from title sponsor Chip Gross, Regional Public Affairs Director of Valero Houston Refinery and keynote remarks from Senator Sylvia Garcia, a member of the Texas Senate Committee on Education.

Rounding out the 4th Annual Education Symposium was a scholarship presentation awarding 25 East End-area high school students with financial support to kick-start a successful college career. Among those scholarships, Austin High School Senior Belen Mendoza received a $10,000 award from Texas Mattress Makers located in East End Houston.

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Eastext: Transforming the East End into a Moving Canvas for Poetry Projections

Eastext: Transforming the East End into a Moving Canvas for Poetry Projections

Multimedia artist Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola presents Eastext: a series of three live, mobile projections performances of poetry throughout Houston’s East End. These upcoming events will take place outdoors in different parts of the district. Each event will feature text projections on to the environment (houses, warehouses, buildings, etc.) from a moving vehicle, followed by an artist talk, recitations by participating Houston poets, and additional projections in a gallery space.

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Artists Wanted for New Murals Coming to Houston Neighborhoods

Artists Wanted for New Murals Coming to Houston Neighborhoods

The City of Houston is gearing up to add another thirty-eight artworks to street-side traffic signal control cabinets throughout Houston and is encouraging artists to submit qualifications for the opportunity to create a mural. Known as “Mini Murals”, Houston now has over 170 new original artworks in neighborhoods throughout the city that have been funded by Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council, as well as private sponsors.

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