Education Attainment Division
Without effective public school systems, communities will not be able to meet the economic, social and cultural challenges of the coming decades. To adequately prepare our students for college and sustainable careers in a 21st century global economy, we must keep pace with increasing diversity and multi-culturalism, globalism, the changing job market, and technological advancements.
Unfortunately, too many students lack the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the professional world. Business leaders need employees who can put skills and knowledge to work to solve problems. We need students to engage in Deeper Learning, meaning they are mastering core academic content while also learning how to think critically, collaborate, communicate effectively, direct their own learning, and see the relevance of their schoolwork to success in the real world.
A concerted, collaborative effort made by local institutions can help identify important areas where partners can work together to address pressing educational issues, better leverage resources and have a measurable impact. It is critical to emphasize business and community partnerships with schools, so that all students have access to education and training opportunities preparing them for high-skill, high-wage employment in a fulfilling career of choice. The region’s economy and community will thrive as a result.
This is work every chamber in the country can, and should, lead. The ACCE Education Attainment Division exists to help address the business community's desire for better educational outcomes and to strengthen their position as the strongest voice regarding the need for a highly skilled workforce to meet the demands of our global economy.
The Education Attainment Division will improve the capacity of chambers to engage their business communities to have a measurable impact on cradle-to-career education and workforce development outcomes.
- Prioritize education and workforce development and commit to it long-term.
- Set ambitious goals that fit your organization and maintain focus.
- Be the "truth teller" - the business community is the credible voice to articulate whether graduates are ready for the workforce.
- Build awareness and take action to produce measurable results.
- Respect the roles and responsibilities of educators while bringing additional skill sets to the table.
- Convene key stakeholders for a concerted, collaborative effort to impact education and workforce development.
- Get engaged in public policy at the state level.
- Demonstrate courage when education and workforce development work becomes controversial.
- Remember that if you don't lead on education and workforce development, expect that someone else will!
Program of Work
The Education Attainment Divison will:
- Help chambers raise money, build resources, and enhance capacity to further engage in education and workforce development.
- Work with leading national education-focused foundations to bring resources and expertise to chambers.
- Share best practices and lessons learned from previous chamber engagement in education and workforce development.
- Convene chamber CEOs and education and workforce development senior staff to engage in a peer-to-peer network, help build resources, and enhance shared efforts.
- Develop an academy to help chambers maximize their capacity to lead education and workforce development transformation.
- Provide education and workforce development-specific programming at each ACCE convention.
- The Kentucky Model: Business and Education Unite to Prepare Students for College and Career Success - Chamber Executive Magazine (Winter 2014)
- Education: 8 Principles for Leadership, compiled from a discussion among 100 members of the Metro and Major Cities Councils, a group of CEOs comprising the country's largest regional chambers - Chamber Executive Magazine (Fall 2012)