This edition of Good Morning SouthCoast is dedicated to “Preparing Our Future Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities” and will focus on grades K – 12.  The event will be held on Thursday, June 22nd at the Wamsutta Club at 7:30 a.m. and a full breakfast buffet will be served. This is going to be an interactive program with a panel of experts and professionals who will share their ideas and knowledge on how we collectively educate and retain today’s talented students within the area. The panel will include local Superintendents from local schools and professionals working directly in the area school systems.  The event will have be a seasoned moderator who will facilitate questions from the audience to the panel.   Panelists include:

Dr. Pia Durkin, Superintendent New Bedford Public Schools

Dr. Robert Baldwin, Superintendent Fairhaven Public Schools

Mr. James O’Brien, Superintendent-Director Greater New Bedford Voc Tech High School

Mr. Aaron Polansky,  Superintendent-Director Old Colony regional Vocational Technical High

Mr. Thomas F. Aubin, Superintendent/Director Diman Regional Vocational Technical High

Dr. Stephen Furtado, Executive Director Global Learning Charter School

Event sponsor BayCoast Bank will also be at the event promoting “Get On the Bus”. BayCoast Bank and EdUp invite you to Get on the Bus with us as they roll through the SouthCoast in thier big blue bus, recording the experiences and stories of the people they meet as they relate how education has impacted their own lives and the community. Whether teacher, student, mentor, parent, child – you are invoied to share your ideas wherever you see the bus.  As they hear them, they will be randomly selecting schools and educational programs for cash awards up to $1,000 each.

Can’t wait to visit the bus and record your story? Just use your own smartphone or other device to create your video – share your experiences, or tell about the teachers or mentors who made a difference to you – and upload it to:*.

*Complete guidelines for video submissions can be found at

The cost to attend which includes breakfast is $27.50 for members, $45 Non-Members and $250 for a table of ten. Registration is required online here or by calling 508-999-5231. For more information, contact Deven Tillman at (508) 999-5231 ext 26.