North Carolina Dropout Prevention Association, Seatrail Resort, Sunset Beach, NC

Speaking on the topic, “Building America’s Competitiveness:  From the Schoolhouse to The Workplace”

The global marketplace has become reality. No longer do companies compete solely in domestic markets. Faxes, cell phones and the Internet have globalized the world. Businesses are no longer geographically bound to produce products in their home countries. Neither are they geographically bound in their hiring practices. Companies are capable of flying around the globe in search of cheap labor, to places where taxes are reasonable, regulations are limited, and where workers are qualified to run, repair, design and develop machinery.

Our schools must be as globally competitive as businesses. The best graduates from Raleigh’s schools are not competing for jobs with the best graduates from Durham’s schools but with the best graduates in the world.