The Trumbull Business-Education Initiative (BEI) Foundation on Mar. 10 held a Legislative Forum on Education at Trumbull High School.

State Senator Tony Hwang of Fairfield moderated the forum that brought together Trumbull State Representatives Laura Devlin, Ben McGorty, and Dave Rutigliano along with local officials and State Department of Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell.

"It’s always a pleasure to spent time with the BEI crew; kids are super smart and asked intelligent questions,” Rep. Rutigliano said. “There was a real concern with high school curriculum as it relates to college ambitions, and potential career paths.

“Typical night in Trumbull,” he added. “Smart kids, involved parents and great teachers.”

Rep. Devlin was impressed with everything being offered to Trumbull students.

“The opportunities Trumbull High School offers through the Business Education Initiative are really impressive — as are the students I have had the chance to meet through these programs,” she said. “It was a pleasure to participate in the forum and talk with the students after and to see the interest and engagement among the students who attended the program. “When I was in high school I participated in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and gained considerable experience that was formative to my career in business, so I know firsthand the positive impact programs like the BEI have and the doors they can open for young minds,” Rep. Devlin added.

Rep. McGorty said that BEI “helps set the stage” for local students to prepare for life beyond high school.

“Students understand what employers are seeking as they move forward with the next phase of their lives,” he said. “Giving them greater and more comprehensive preparation for the increased and changing demands of the economic and employment landscapes will help pave a smoother career path for them all."

Sen. Hwang said that Trumbull BEI is a role model for other towns to follow.

“The emphasis on matching education with job-focused experiences is a winning formula,” the forum’s moderator added. “This is a cooperative team effort to help prepare students to better compete in the global business marketplace.

“It’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs,” Sen. Hwang continued. “In this challenging economy and labor market, we really need to help prepare our young students with marketable skills as they move forward in their future careers.  

The ultimate goal is to secure good jobs and gain economic security — we are happy to help spread that positive message.”