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 at the Charlotte Chamber, exceptions noted.
Current 2014 Schedule

  • February 17
  • May 7
  • August 6
  • November 5

Past Agenda Items:

  • February 17, 2014: In conjunction with the Workplace Issues Committee, the group hosted Karl Rectanus of the NC Chamber Foundation to learn more about the Hire Standards Campaign. Click here to view the presentation. Visit HireStandardsNC.org to learn more about the campaign.
  • April 10, 2013: Sheila Shirley, CFO for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools discussed the proposed CMS budget.
  • July 10, 2013: 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.
  • April 10, 2013: Sheila Shirley, CFO for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools discussed the proposed CMS budget.
  • February 7, 2013: 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.

Announcements:

  • Please check back for special announcments.

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Natalie English
Senior Vice President,
Public Policy
704.378.1332
nenglish@charlottechamber.com

Lourdes Zapata
Director,
Public Policy
704.378.1322
lzapata@charlottechamber.com