ACCE's Education Attainment Division e-newsletter: News, professional development, and information for the chamber communications professional.
December 2013

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About the Division

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Working with businesses to increase student achievement and outcomes? Partnering with school districts and higher education institutions? We'd like to hear from chambers, from small market/rural to metro, to learn how you're creating a local impact.

Learn more information about the Education Attainment Division!

If you have a resource or case study to share or would like a speaker recommendation for a meeting or event, please email Jessie Azrilian or Alysia Bell.

If you have expertise in education or workforce development or would like to connect to a chamber peer who does, the Chamber Mentor Program allows you to find or become a mentor!

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ACCE Partners with Lumina Foundation to Support Education Attainment Goals

The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has joined a promising initiative led by Lumina Foundation to increase postsecondary education attainment. The initiative involves 20 U.S. communities and connects them with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding, and access to a powerful network of national thought-leadership organizations, including ACCE, that will provide guidance as they develop goals and action plans. Read more.

ACCE Convention 2014: Pitch Your Talk!

ACCE is interested in your session proposal for the 2014 ACCE Convention in Cincinnati, Aug. 12-15! Can you provide inspiring education to a sophisticated audience of chamber professionals? Want to propose a convention session? Visit and complete the form. Submissions are due Friday, Jan. 10.

Upcoming Division Events & Past Event Recap

Chambers Impacting Higher Education Policy
Wednesday, Jan. 29 | 12-1 p.m. ET
Register now!
Join leaders from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce experienced in strengthening education systems, policy, and programs, as they discuss how chambers can dramatically enhance the nature of business involvement in education and workforce development issues at the regional, state and national levels.

Previous EAD Webinar Recap:

Goal 2025:
Mobilize at the Local, Regional, and National Levels to Increase Higher Education Attainment

Takeaway: Haley Glover from Lumina Foundation and Nancy Eisenbrandt from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce talked about successful strategies businesses can use to impact higher education locally, and how Lumina Foundation is mobilizing employers in metro areas to boost higher education attainment. View and hear presentations from the EAD September webinar.

Common Core Messaging – How to Get Ahead of the Pushback
Takeaway: Kelli Wells, director of U.S. Education Programs for the GE Foundation, discussed the messaging and strategy needed to engage business leaders and your local community around college-and-career-ready standards. Click here to access the audio from the conference call.

Session Recordings from ACCE's 2013 Annual Convention

The Education Attainment Division sessions from ACCE's 2013 Convention in Oklahoma City were recorded and packaged into the Regional Stewardship and Advocacy track packs. The three sessions include inside information, best practices and case studies from the top chamber professionals and education content experts in the nation.

EAD Blog Digest

Business-Friendly Tools Chambers Can Use to Support a College- and Career-Ready Agenda
As 48 states begin to implement new K-12 standards and assessments, ACCE's online information hub contains tools, resources, and FAQs for chambers interested in learning what their peers have done and what they can do to raise the bar for the future workforce.

Impacting Education: Where are the Resources?
Chambers can play a large role in impacting education attainment and workforce development in their communities, yet they often cite a lack of resources as the main barrier to achieving their goals in this arena. What strategies do chambers use to form partnerships and secure resources that support their community advancement agendas?

New Scorecard and Salary Surfer Tools to Aid Community College Students in California
Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, discusses reforms California Community Colleges are implementing to dramatically increase the number of California workers with credentials and post-secondary degrees.

Follow the EAD Blog for more Education-focused commentary!

EAD Partner News & Resources

Achieve, an organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards, has recently announced the launch of the Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America. Its new website,, provides businesses with strategic tools to support college- and career-readiness, including:

  • Downloadable materials such as powerpoint presentations, talking point templates and infographics, created for and by business leaders
  • A "Build Your Own" section which includes state-specific information and resources to customize your materials

Call for Proposals: Talent Dividend 2014 Annual Meeting
As the Talent Dividend moves into its final year, CEOs for Cities would like to highlight successful work of cities working towards a college completion agenda during its annual meeting this April in Los Angeles. Cities competing within the Talent Dividend Network as well as non-competing cities and partner organizations are encouraged to apply! Proposals are due Jan. 10.

  • The proposal forms and guidelines can be found here.
  • Register for the final Talent Dividend National Meeting here.

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