East Central College is inviting the community to participate in its Future Summit event Friday, Jan. 18, from 12:30-4 p.m. in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center, Union. 

The event will address the college’s challenges and search for future opportunities.

“As we continue our pursuit of excellence, we are in the process of designing a new strategic plan,” said Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president. “Community input is an invaluable resource in creating that plan.”

East Central College’s Strategic Plan Initiative, SOAR to 2024, will help the institution identify and define the experience it provides to its students.

The Future Summit is an integral part of the strategic planning process, Bauer said.

The conference-style event will feature a keynote speaker and topics that will form the foundation of the event including creating a culture of change and building trust, aligning school districts, colleges and employers for long-term success, maintaining a personal touch in a high-tech learning environment, and the power of data to support learning and student success.

Following these talks, community members will have the opportunity to join small group discussions.

The input from these discussion groups will inform the college’s strategies for the next five years and beyond.

“The Future Summit is designed to bring all constituents together for learning and discussion,” said Bauer. “It is an opportunity to jump-start future planning for business and industry and community organizations.”

People can learn more about the SOAR to 2024 initiative and RSVP to the event at www.eastcentral.edu/soar.