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


Chair, Mica Short, Texas Gas
Co-Chair Elects, Juan Sanchez, Freeport-McMoran & Anthony Tomasheski, EPISD
Past-Chair, RIchard Fleager

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

Jacqueline Butler

Tomas Sigala

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 Cassie Flores, 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

Upcoming Events

The State of Education Address serves as a forum to highlight pressing policy issues, build upon the relationships developed with the education community, and share the expectations and needs of the business community with the education sector.

  • Next State of Education to take place on June 18, 2015 with keynote speaker Chris Coxon, Chief Program Officer for Educate Texas.

Former Speakers

  • Cathy Minchberg, Center for Reform of School Systems - 2012
  • Julian Trevino, Former Board President, San Antonio ISD - 2012
  • Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation - 2012
  • Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor, UT System - 2011
  • Dr. Xavier De la Torre, Superintendent, Socorro Independent School District - 2011
  • Dr. Diana Natalicio, President, the University of Texas at El Paso - 2010, 2014
  • Juan Cabrera, Superintendent, El Paso Independent School District - 2013

Adventure for Your Future


Adventure for Your Future-2016

-Thank You Platinum Sponsors-



Event times are as follows:

Event Registration/Check-In (7:00-7:45 AM)- Building 1

Welcome and Introductions (7:45-8:45 AM)- Building 1

Exhibit Session (8:45-9:10 AM plus additional workshop options)

5 Workshop Sessions (9:10 am, 9:55 am, 10:40 am, 11:25 am and 12:10 pm)

Evaluation and Raffle/Door Prize Give Away in Room 1100 (Building 11-Medical Education Building)

Map to Event


The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso will be hosting the Fifth annual Adventure for Your Future conference on Saturday, January 30, 2016. This interactive conference is aimed at exposing and building the interest of El Paso area sixth and seventh grade students in the health sciences field. During the conference, students and parents will have the opportunity to attend fun workshops presented by local health science professionals and educators on a wide range of topics including: heart health, nutrition, medical terminology, medical transport, the brain, and many more.


Online-Registration is now "CLOSED!"

If you would like to participate in this weekends event, print the registration form, click here! and BRING THE FORM with you to event. 

On-site registration is between 7AM-7:45AM at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Academic Education Center (4800 Alberta Avenue)-January 30, 2016.



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