I was privileged to be part of a college-led, community-wide strategic planning forum designed by Arizona Western College. Their Horizon Symposium attracted over 500 participants from their far-reaching campuses and centers, bringing together business, industry, and community leaders and a full complement of professionals from K-16. College faculty, staff and students rounded out the energized groups who participated live and via live video streaming.
The College’s Horizon Symposium was the stage to learn and discuss how Arizona Western could grow in its service to the community, support economic development with programs aligned with regional needs, and challenge all present to consider how to be agile in our current environment.
The event included four terrifically thought-provoking speakers who provided content for focus group discussions following the general session. Hundreds of individuals engaged in discussion about how to create a community and a college that helped the region thrive. It was encouraging to hear folks talk about the art of the possible rather than the limitations with which we have been plagued in our current funding environment.
Bravo, Matadors! Thank you for a terrific example of positively looking forward and reminding us what a privilege it is to educate society.