ACCE's Education Attainment Division e-newsletter: News, professional development, and information for the chamber communications professional.
December 2014

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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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EAD News

Thanks to the expertise and volunteer leadership within the EAD Community, ACCE’s Education Attainment Division launched several exciting initiatives in 2014 that support chambers of commerce as they mobilize to improve the birth-to-career pipelines in their communities.

The Fellowship for Education Attainment welcomed its inaugural cohort of fellows, who over the course of a year will develop and execute specific educational attainment objectives. An overview of the Fellows’ “Regional Action Plans” can be found here.

ACCE, in partnership with Lumina Foundation, launched the ACCE Lumina Education Attainment Awards, a competitive awards program to support chambers’ ongoing strategic efforts to increase the number of degrees and high quality credentials in their communities. For an overview of the winning chambers and their specific higher education initiatives, click here.

In Case You Missed It

ACCE HERO Webinar: Education and Workforce Development Recap of a 30-minute demo of free resources for chamber professionals engaged in education attainment and workforce development. Learn how your job can be made easier with:

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to Workforce Investment Boards: what the New Legislation Means for Your Local Workforce: facilitated discussion between chamber executives and senior staff from the House Education and Workforce Committee and Senate Budget Office about what the new legislation means for local business communities. To download a recording of this call, please click here.

The resources below were recommended on the call, and additional information can be found on ACCE’s new Workforce Development & Stability Chamberpedia page.
  • Putting WIOA to Work – Business Roundtable’s comprehensive action plan with strategies for CEOs to leverage the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • DOL’s WIOA website – Department of Labor’s official fact sheets and FAQs about WIOA.

EAD Blog Digest

Charleston (S.C.) Metro Chamber Wins Big for Area Schools
In November, Charleston Metro Chamber’s successful Yes4Schools campaign led to the passing of a one cent sales tax which will go to school construction in an effort to alleviate overcrowding in local schools.

Dayton Area Chamber Devotes Winter Magazine to College and Career Readiness
The winter edition of the Dayton Area Chamber’s quarterly magazine, Focus, is devoted to the topic of higher K-12 standards and assessments, with a feature story called “The Business Case for Common Core.”

Tennessee Focuses on College Access to Address Labor Shortage
This year, more than 35,000 students applied for the new Tennessee Promise program, a landmark initiative that provides Tennessee seniors who complete a FAFSA with free tuition to the state’s two-year colleges and trade schools. With enrollment rates exceeding expectations, it’s expected that two-thirds of eligible seniors will go to college in 2015.

EAD Resource Spotlight

The Education and Workforce Development Chamberpedia page is continuously updated to ensure the online database of cradle-to-career tools and materials has the most relevant and useful information to serve our members.

  • The new Collective Impact for Education and Workforce Development page shows how chambers are working in cross-sector community partnerships to align goals and resources to address specific educational objectives.

  • The expansive K-12 Chamberpedia page has been re-organized into two sections:

Request for Samples

The Education Attainment Division is requesting your help in populating our online Samples Library and Chamberpedia pages. The division receives many requests for resources on building capacity within your chamber to support education and workforce development (EDWD). Please email with any of the following sample documents from your chamber:

  • Staff descriptions, including positions solely focused on EDWD and/or positions that incorporate EDWD as a core responsibility
  • Your chamber’s staff organizational chart
  • Listing of competencies considered when hiring for EDWD positions
  • Information on budgeting and funding your chamber’s EDWD staff positions

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