Children in Florida today will comprise a surging workforce by 2030, and the Florida Chamber Foundation recently assessed the Sunshine State’s readiness to utilize tomorrow’s talent at its “Learners to Earners Education Summit” near Orlando.
The recent one-day event at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate drew over 225 attendants to spotlight the hurdles which Florida’s education and workforce systems are likely to encounter over the next decade and a half. Topics of discussion ranged from enhancing career opportunities to closing achievement gaps.
“The Summit brought together some of education’s most engaged stakeholders and advanced an important dialogue about Florida’s talent pipeline,” Marshall Criser III, who serves as the State University System Chancellor, said. “By providing a forum to discuss how we can better prepare our graduates, Florida Chamber is playing a key role in strengthening the state’s education system and future workforce.”
Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson stated in his opening remarks at the summit that the state’s schools bear the responsibility of preparing students to fill positions in a fast-changing labor force, pointing out that education and economic development are inherently connected.
The Florida Chamber Foundation held the 2016 Learners to Earners Education Summit in cooperation with the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award program with the goal of fortifying partnerships among business, education and philanthropic resources.