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Group to Examine Local Education

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will spend most of Saturday looking at the local education system to determine where students can learn from real-life experience.

The “Community as Campus” colloquium, scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m., will gather education and business leaders, area residents and elected officials from Calabasas to Newbury Park along the Ventura Freeway corridor.

“Community as Campus could mark an important educational milestone to help set the Conejo/Las Virgenes region apart from other areas of Southern California,” said Jeff Reinhardt, chairman of the Agoura Hills-based foundation. “It represents an opportunity to define and further expand the concept of lifelong learning for residents.”

Organizers said they also are interested in getting teenagers involved in the process, calling on the newly formed Inter-Community Student Council to attend the meeting.

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“We’re trying to encourage young people from area colleges and high schools to be involved with this,” foundation member Richard Woolard said Thursday. “It provides an opportunity for a better community than what we have even today.”

The colloquium is the second of a three-step plan to explore issues concerning the region by members of the foundation, a think tank formed in 1972 to review and find solutions to problems.

Saturday’s event, which is open to the public by reservation only, will be held at the Amgen Conference Center, 1840 De Havilland Drive, Newbury Park.

For information, call (818) 597-9129 or (805) 495-8711.


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