The Chandler Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2016 Education Forum Event on Nov. 10, attended by more than 150 city, business and education leaders at the Chandler Center for the Arts.
Keynote speaker, Darcy Renfro from The Center of the Future for Arizona, outlined the statewide Achieve60AZ initiative recently announced by Gov. Doug Ducey, who endorses the education attainment goal to increase the number of Arizonans earning a professional certification or college degree from the current 42% to 60% by 2030. An informative panel discussion was led by Chandler City Councilman Rene Lopez ,who moderated the dialog with John Arnold (Arizona Board of Regents), Dr. Sally Downey (East Valley Institute of Technology), Maria Hesse (vice provost for academic partnerships at ASU), and Dr. Craig Gilbert (Chandler Unified School District assistant superintendent).
The event also showcased local students who clearly demonstrated the workforce of tomorrow is in the classroom today. The Education Forum Committee invited Chandler leaders to join a “call to action” mirroring the Achieve60AZ initiative specifically for Chandler. The Education Forum Committee is outlining key focus areas, such as an increase in college readiness and high school graduation rates and will engage local business, government and educators to support this critical education attainment goal for Chandler.
Terri Kimble, president/CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, said, “I believe the 2016 Education Forum will be instrumental in moving Chandler’s future workforce forward. Seeing what our students are accomplishing today through the classroom and outside programs is truly eye-opening. We look forward to nurturing the relationships between online, public, private and charter education outlets that will define and equip our workforce of tomorrow.”
For more information, visit chandlerchamber.com, call the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at 480-963-4571 or email email@example.com.