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Deeper Learning

Business as a Key to College & Career Success

As America's fastest-growing industry sectors increasingly rely on workers with technical skills, employers struggle to find employees with the science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) proficiency required for these fields.
Business engagement in education - at any level - can voice what skills students will need to succeed in the 21st Century workforce and help put them on track to a successful future. When we work together, we can provide the opportunities that will prepare students with the content knowledge and skills to succeed in college and their future careers. To us, that's a win-win for our students and for our country's future.

Why Deeper Learning?

  • Deeper learning prepares students with the content knowledge and skills to succeed in college and become the innovative, collaborative and flexible employees that employers are looking for.
  • Deeper learning is a type of instruction that uses interactive techniques such as project-based learning and real-world application to engage students in academics and build the skills they need for success.
  • Students engaged in deeper learning develop understanding of core academic content, while simultaneously learning to think critically, communicate effectively, collaborate, direct their own learning and see the relevance of their schoolwork to success in the real world.

What Are Chambers Doing?

Throughout the country, Chambers of Commerce have facilitated partnerships with high schools, community and trade colleges and industry leaders to provide access to education, training and work-based learning opportunities that engage students and prepare them for high-skill, high-wage employment in fulfilling careers of their choice. From classroom projects to job shadowing to competitions, chambers have helped businesses bring a real-world perspective to community schools. Chambers have also backed education reforms and raised a collective business voice in support of deeper learning.

Chamber Case Studies

  Greater Des Moines (IA) Partnership - Employers are looking for smart, skilled and innovative employees to fill the 21st century jobs in Des Moines. Learn how the Greater Des Moines Partnership is using deeper learning to ensure students can compete in a global economy.

  Dayton (OH) Chamber- Growing local business is possible if Ohio's students are prepared for the high-tech jobs of the future. Learn how the Dayton Chamber is using deeper learning to help students build the strong foundation they need to succeed in college and career.

  Arlington (TX) Chamber of Commerce - In Texas, communities work together to support students as they prepare for college and career. Learn how the Arlington Chamber is using deeper learning to help students at every level become collaborative, skilled, and innovative employees.

  Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - All of Wisconsin's students have the right to a high quality education that will prepare them to succeed in college and career. Learn how the chamber is helping business and government work together to bring deeper learning opportunities to all students.

  New Jersey Chamber - New Jersey businesses need innovative, collaborative, skilled employees that can succeed in a competitive economy. Learn how the chamber supports deeper learning to equip students with the academic mindset needed to succeed in college and career.

  Tulsa Chamber - Oklahoma's students need strong skills and experiences to take on the jobs of the future. Learn how the chamber is building a brighter future for communities by bringing deeper learning opportunities to all students.

  Greater Spokane Incorporated - Spokane's businesses and economy need students who can take on the challenges of tomorrow. Learn how Greater Spokane Inc is using deeper learning to lay the foundation for a thriving future community.

Thematic Case Studies

  Work-Based Learning: A Tool for Student Success - Chambers are using interactive techniques such as project-based learning to provide deeper learning opportunities to students.

  Empowering Educators to Enable Deeper Learning - the business community is helping teachers tie academics to 21st century jobs.

  Paving Pathways to College and Career - chambers create partnerships to bridge education and business communities in order to prepare students for success in the workforce.
For more information on Deeper Learning visit the Hewlett Foundation.

Is your chamber working to prepare students for the jobs of the future? Tell us how!
Contact Edgar Castillo.
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