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Freedom Writer to speak Friday at CBC symposium
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Coastal Bend College will host original Freedom Writer Manny Scott at its Leadership Symposium on Friday.
Coastal Bend College will host original Freedom Writer Manny Scott at its Leadership Symposium on Friday.
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BEEVILLE – Coastal Bend College faculty and staff will have the opportunity to attend a professional development session with Manny Scott, an original Freedom Writer, on Friday, Aug. 8 at the Leadership Symposium taking place on the CBC Beeville campus.

An original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie “Freedom Writers” starring Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Patrick Dempsey, Scott has energized over a million leaders, educators, volunteers and students worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope. Speaking to more than 125 groups a year for the past decade, he is the speaker of choice for conferences, conventions, schools, fundraisers and banquets.

The author of “Dream Now: How to Take Hold of the Life You’ve Always Dreamed About,” Scott’s unique message is one that has inspired, educated and empowered almost a million people, helping them make the most of their lives.

At the age of 14, Scott dropped out of school and his English grammar was so poor that he was classified as an English as a Second Language student. By the age of 16, he had already lived in 26 different places. At an early age, he began using drugs and alcohol.

The high school dropout now holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity International University. He is currently working on his Ph.D.

Scott’s appearance at CBC is made possible by the Title V Celebrando Educación grant. The grant’s goal is to improve retention and completion rates and increase enrollment in technical and/or professional occupational fields of study at CBC.

All CBC faculty and staff who attend the Leadership Symposium will earn professional development hours. In addition to Scott’s motivational speech, participants also will receive information about Campus Connect, Blackboard and student retention best practices/strategies.

For more information about attending the event, contact Santos Jones at 361-354-2426.
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