Workforce Development & Education Committee

Chair: MIchael Barnes, Unique Background Solutions

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: February 17, May 13, August 12, October 14, December 16. Dates are subject to change, please check back.

Past Agenda Items:

  • August 6, 2014: The Workforce Development & Education Committee heard from Ellen McIntyre, Ed.D., UNC Charlotte professor and dean of the College of Education, about the College of Education.
  • May 7, 2014: On May 7, the Workforce Development & Education Committee hosted leaders from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to discuss their planned budget requests.
  • 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 to learn more about the campaign.


  • The Workforce Development and Education Committee hosted Betty Doster of UNC Charlotte, Jonathan Sink of CMS, Adam Rhew of MeckEd and Jeff Lowrance of CPCC, who helped to start a discussion about the 2014 legislative session. Chamber staff educated the committee on the entire Legislative Agenda process to ensure committee members would be engaged in the policy setting processes.

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