The Chamber is working to ensure that businesses have access - today and tomorrow - to an educated and skilled workforce. We serve as the primary bridge between the business and education communities through intense involvement of our business members and partnerships with regional school districts. We continue to develop workforce strategies for businesses through many initiatives to hire, retain, and advance skilled workers in the 21st century. We provide support to existing business and industry leaders in hopes of improving profitability and maintaining a quality workforce. The Chamber understands that the growth and expansion of area businesses contribute to the economic well-being of the entire region.
• Launched Charleston Young Professionals in 2006 with more than 500 members
• Graduated 60 members of the Leadership Charleston 2010 class
• Host annual Business Education Summit - integrating over 300 business and education professionals annually
• Established workforce development initiative with Trident Technical College and the Trident Workforce Investment Board
• The Education Foundation was named one of Ford Motor Foundation's Next Generation Learning Community as one of just 15 communities nationally that are poised for leadership in the career preparation of students
• Schools in The Education Foundation's Smaller Learning Communities Coalition (Fort Dorchester, Stall, Stratford, Summerville, Wando and West Ashley high schools) show significant increases in ninth graders on track to graduate in four years
• Over 350 executives have participated in Principal for a Day in all four of the region’s school districts since 2004
• Over 400 graduates of Workplace InStitute for Educators (WISE) to date; in 2009-10, 3100 students impacted by new teaching strategies for workforce preparation
• Establishment of “P-20” Council to ensure alignment of math, science and English requirements across all educational levels (pre-school through graduate) with the requirements of the workforce
The Chamber recognizes that the most important resource in a healthy business community is the workforce, and we know that in order to have a high-performing and effective workforce, a community must provide opportunities for professional development. The Chamber offers many opportunities for professional development for every age, skill level and position.