The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) is proud to announce five chambers of commerce as recipients of ACCE’s 2015-16 Lumina Award for Education Attainment: Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce; Detroit Regional Chamber; Greater Spokane Incorporated; San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; and St. Louis Regional Chamber. These organizations were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants for having demonstrated momentum in setting education attainment agendas and establishing innovative postsecondary attainment goals and strategies.
The awards program is part of an important initiative led by Lumina Foundation to significantly raise postsecondary education attainment in the U. S.
"Research shows a direct correlation between thriving cities and education beyond high school," said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. "Cities that include business leaders in their work to set and then meet community-wide postsecondary attainment goals will be poised for success as America continues to shift toward a knowledge economy.”
Winning chambers will receive technical and planning assistance, flexible funding, and access to a powerful network of national thought-leadership organizations, including ACCE, which will provide guidance as they launch their postsecondary success initiatives.
“It’s not every day that you hear of a chamber of commerce leading postsecondary access and success initiatives,” said Mick Fleming, ACCE president. “Here are five chambers paving the way to improved education attainment in their communities. They demonstrate the absolutely critical role chambers play in building thriving communities. Such impressive work deserves encouragement and we’re thrilled to be able to honor their work.”
About the Award
The Lumina Education Attainment Award is a one-time $40,000 stimulus award to support the established efforts of chambers of commerce to grow the number of individuals in their communities with post-secondary degrees and other high quality credentials. This effort aims to expand and deepen their work as well as share successes to build replicable and scalable practices among ACCE members.
About ACCE’s Education Attainment Division
The Education Attainment Division (EAD) convenes and connects an extensive peer network of chamber professionals to share resources and expertise on improving cradle to career education outcomes within their communities. For more information about ACCE’s Education Attainment Division, visit http://www.acce.org/divisions/education-attainment-division/
About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. For more information, visit www.LuminaFoundation.org
For additional information, please contact Analidia Ruiz, Education Attainment Division Manager, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.