Student global preparation is subject of panel discussion

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will convene a panel of local experts to discuss how U.S. education can compete globally beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Gaylord Hall on the Colorado College campus.

The expert panelists include Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Lt. General Mike Gould, superintendent, United States Air Force Academy, Bentley Rayburn, president, Colorado Technical University, and Jill Tiefenthaler, president, Colorado College. The panel will be moderated by Schuyler Foerster, president, Colorado Springs World Affairs Council.

The panelists are expected to discuss if the U.S. education system is adequately preparing current and future students to compete in a global marketplace.

The event is $18 for educators and students. To attend, visit A reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., the program at 6 p.m. and conclusion by 7:30 p.m.

“Our local panel will bring together the perspectives of leaders of a military academy, a state university, a for-profit university and a liberal arts college,” Kurt Johnson, director, Center for Homeland Security, and Colorado Springs World Affairs Council member said. “This promises to be an interesting evening of global thinking aloud by top experts on one of our leading national security challenges.”


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