Education & Workforce Development



Why are chambers uniquely qualified to tackle tough workforce challenges?

This 10-minute video features chamber executives from across the country discussing their work with business and education stakeholders to:

  • Transform Education
  • Fulfill Workforce Needs
  • Build Thriving Communities

Hear from peers and EAD partners from Lumina Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on voicing the needs of business and learning best practices through the Education Attainment Division Network.

Watch the video to learn more about ACCE's Education Attainment Division.


El Paso is featured in Business at the Table, sponsored by Lumina, ACCE, and Partners for Livable Communities

Business at the Table: The Employer Drive for Higher Education Attainment is about communities uniting around a common goal to help drive economic development. The goal is closing the college attainment gap and growing the educated workforce. This report explores the challenges and successes of local, regional, and national education reform initiatives. It highlights lessons for all chamber and business leaders interested in making progress toward the goal.

Business at the Table: The Employer Drive for Higher Education Attainment

Lead partnership development efforts between business and education leaders and advocate for meaningful policy change in order to enhance Education and Workforce Development outcomes in El Paso.


Volunteer Leadership


Past Chair, Mica Short, Texas Gas
Co-Chairs, Juan Sanchez, Freeport-McMoran & Anthony Tomasheski, EPISD
Chair Elect, Carlos Keating

Chair, Adventure For Your Future, Nellie Flores, UMC
Chair, FAFSA Nights, Juan Sanchez, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jacqueline Butler


Cassie Flores

Overview: Improving the quality of life for El Paso has been a Chamber priority since its inception. Recognizing that education is the engine for economic-growth, Chamber leadership is committed to building fruitful relationships with relevant stakeholders that strive to improve the educational outcomes in the region.

Quick Facts:

  • Member, Collaborative for Academic Excellence at the University of Texas at El Paso
  • Advisor, Upper Rio Grande Workforce Solutions Board
  • Member, Senator Jose Rodriguez, Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Education
  • Created EPISD Business Advisory Council

Looking to get involved? Please contact Rebecca Mendez, Administrative Coordinator, at [email protected]

Merging Business and Education


The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce has a robust advocacy effort in several different areas and is committed to expanding its scope to include education and workforce development. As the Voice for the Community, the Chamber is in a position to effect positive change on behalf of education and workforce development stakeholders by formulating and supporting public policy. Aligning advocacy efforts ensures a unified vision for education in El Paso.

Members interested in receiving legislative updates may view the Chamber's Advocate monthly e-newsletter


83rd Education Legislative Agenda
Public Education Challenges
Issue Brief: Outcomes Based Funding
Issue Brief: TEXAS Grant Priority Model
Resolution in support of Canutillos Tax Ratification Election and School Bond Election (2011)
Resolution in support of SISD’s School Bond Election (2011)
2011 Education Federal Legislative Agenda
The Chamber will continue to push for education
Robert Scott visits the Chamber
Equity Center
Texas Taxpayers and Research Association - Intro to School Finance Document
Texas Taxpayers and Research Association - Intro to School Finance Presentation
Cover Letter to EPISD Board
School Board Resolution Final

Adventure for Your Future




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