Workforce Development & Education Committee
Chair: Wes Jones, aiDesign Group
Focus: This committee aims to encourage workforce preparedness through collaboration with strategic partnerships, and advocating for adequate school infrastructure at every level of education.
Membership: Members are from higher education institutions, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system, educational learning companies, and business leaders who contribute their insight into the workforce. As in all Public Policy Committees, membership is open to anybody who is an active Chamber member.
Meeting Dates: Quarterly, on Wednesdays at 8 am. Locations vary.
Current 2013 Schedule
- Thursday, Feb. 7
- April 10
- July 10
- October 23
Past Agenda Items:
- November 16, 2011: Workforce Forum: Creative Industries
- February 22: Workforce Forum: Aerospace & Defense
- April 11: CMS budget, recap of TedXCharlotteED event
- June 14: Update on CharlotteWorks
- August 29, 2012: CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison spoke and we also had a back-to-school volunteer fair with education related non-profit organizations.
- November 14: Ann Clark, Deputy Superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools gave an overview of the Common Core Standards
- February 7: The committee hosted a panel discussion on the topic of recruiting, training and retaining quality teachers and principals. Panelists were Tim Hurley, Executive Director for Teach for America, Eric Guckian, Executive Director of New Leaders Charlotte and Lara Harris, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools literacy specialist for the Project L.I.F.T Zone.
- April 10: Sheila Shirley, CFO for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools discussed the proposed CMS budget
- July 10: Natalie English, senior vice president of public policy at the chamber, and Jonathan Sink, associate general counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, gave the committee a summary of education legislation and highlighted the impact of the laws on the Charlotte community.
- Oct: 23: The committee heard about the bond referendums on the ballot this fall. Attendees learned about the specifics of the referendums aimed at providing new space, renovating existing space and improving academic programs for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Central Piedmont Community College.
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