PIQUA — Edison State Community College students Sarah Ray and Brittany Tackett were selected to participate in Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit on Oct. 16 in Columbus. The one-day program was aimed at promoting civic engagement and connecting college students with resources on careers related to public service in Ohio.
“The success of our state – and our nation – depends on the commitment, compassion, and engagement of our young people,” Brown said. “For our democracy to thrive and our communities to prosper, we need citizens not only to give back to their communities, but take ownership for improving them. That’s why this summit is so important. By reaching Ohio’s next generation of leaders, we can reaffirm the value of public service and lay the groundwork for a vibrant civic life for generations to come.”
Ray, of Covington, is a second-year student pursuing an Associate of Arts and intends to continue her education in Criminal Psychology upon graduating from Edison. Ray currently serves as president of the Edison chapter of the national honorary society for two-year institutions, Phi Theta Kappa, acts as the secretary of Edison’s Student Senate, and is involved with the Edison Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Outside of Edison, Ray is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the Covington Rescue Squad.
Tackett, of Piqua, is currently pursuing an Associate of Science in Nursing from Edison. Tackett also is an AmeriCorps College Completion Coach who provides hands-on guidance and assistance to Edison students to help promote their persistence to graduation. Tackett is also involved with the Edison chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the writing club.
The summit featured discussions with business and community leaders, including Tanisha Robinson, co-founder and CEO at Print Syndicate, who gave the keynote address. The day concluded with an internship fair where students learned more about organizations and career opportunities in their communities.
Each of Ohio’s two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities were invited to appoint undergraduate students to attend the program. Interested students then submitted an application to attend the conference, and were ultimately selected by each college or university’s president for participation.
Brown partnered with the Ohio Campus Compact, the Corporation for National and Community Service, The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, the GAR Foundation, Print Syndicate, Nationwide, and the John Glenn Civic Leadership Council to create this program to expand community service opportunities for Ohio’s future leaders.