Business and Education leaders in 20 Illinois Communitiesare working to arm students with more academic skills in math and science called the Pathways Initiative. At the gathering in Peoria, State Farm C-E-O Ed Rust says engaging children as early as possible in math and science starts the process of critical thinking. He says fostering that will be necessary to help them keep up. Rust says technological change in his career has been nothing short of phenomenal:
"And that is not going to slow down. And the global-reach and I know global gets used so frequently today. But the reality is what we deal with this in a business or a community reaches around the world."
The Pathways Initiative is taking a note from a 2006 N-I-U study called Keeping Illinois Competitive. That study says 2015 will be one of the first years significantly more people are retiring than there are 18-24 year olds entering the workplace.
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