Dedicated to equipping all students with the knowledge, skill, and competence to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.

Globally, U.S. students rank 17th in literacy, 21st in science, and 26th in math. Today’s K–12 education system is complex, and that complexity often leads to students underprepared for the career ahead of them. Our participation in this national conversation involves promoting programs and policies that work to close academic achievement gaps, supporting effective teachers, and providing the education community with the resources and tools necessary to address the education challenges of today and tomorrow.

  

STEM Scholars Program

While today’s teens are surrounded by technology, there is a major shortage of students pursuing academic and career paths in STEM related fields. In fact, data demonstrates that U.S. students are falling behind their global peers when it comes to both the technical skills they are developing and their likelihood to pursue a career in STEM. The industries that will power our economy require a workforce skilled in STEM disciplines. 

IF THE U.S. IS TO BE A LEADER IN THE STEM FIELDS, IT MUST PRODUCE APPROXIMATELY ONE MILLION MORE WORKERS IN THOSE FIELDS OVER THE NEXT DECADE.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation partners with EverFi, an education technology company that brings critical skills to students across the United States and Canada, to carry out the STEM Scholars program. This program allows the teacher to choose the appropriate curriculum to bring advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to middle and high schools at no cost to the schools.

Learn more about STEM Scholars 

Achieving Tomorrow's Voices

Preparing the students of today for the business of tomorrow

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. They are future innovators, disruptors, job creators, and entrepreneurs. They will invent new technologies, launch new enterprises, and cure terminal diseases. That's why businesses are committed to bridging the gap between policy and practice. Because of this commitment, today’s students will have the skills needed to move America forward.

Achieving Tomorrow’s Voices highlights the impact educators, administrators, community leaders, parents, and businesses can have when they join forces to help students succeed. Visit the website to hear stories from Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, and Texas. When you get there, subscribe to stay up to date as new communities are added.

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Bridging the Soft Skills Gap

Despite U.S. high school graduation rates reaching all-time highs, many employers are finding that recent graduates are unprepared to succeed in the workforce because they lack foundational “soft skills.” Bridging the Soft Skills Gap (2017) makes the case for partnerships between the business and education sectors and outlines strategies already being used successfully across the country.

It offers practical recommendations for businesses seeking to make an impact and profiles five successful partnerships established by Nike, Ernst & Young, Wegmans, Wynn Las Vegas and the Northern Kentucky Education Council.

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Launch My Career

Developed in partnership with the American Institutes for Research, Gallup Inc., and USA Funds, Launch My Career is an interactive web tool (currently for ColoradoTennessee, and Texas) that provides students with information about the return on investment in a certificate or degree from public postsecondary schools, including technical schools and community colleges.

The purpose of the tool is to measure college value to help students and their families, policymakers, and postsecondary institutions make more informed decisions about the training and skills that provide the greatest value to students and their communities.