U.S. Chamber and San Diego North Chamber of Commerce Host Local Education & Workforce Development Forum

September 20, 2013

Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity Stops in San Diego to Engage Thought Leaders in Education, Government, Business

SAN DIEGO, CA—Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity, a cross-country tour focused on education reform in local communities, stopped in San Diego today for a forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), the National Chamber Foundation (NCF), and the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce. Business, community, and education leaders gathered to address local challenges and identify strategies to advance education and workforce development efforts in San Diego. Discussion highlighted key issues including the Governor’s education budget proposal and the role of alternative career pathways for closing the skills gap.

“Today, too few students are completing their K–12 education, and increasingly, students are graduating high school without attaining the skills needed to succeed in college or the workforce,” said Cheryl Oldham, vice president of ICW. “We need to ensure that all students are adequately prepared for the workforce, and that the vital input of the business community is a part of this process.”

On average, a high school graduate in California earns $9,367 more each year than a high school dropout, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education. In 2011, approximately 139,400 students did not graduate from high school in California If even half of those dropouts graduated, their additional spending and investments would support as many as 8,700 new jobs and increase the gross state product by as much as $1.9 billion.

“The question stands, how do we as a community help our education and workforce institutions so they can better prepare the talent we are asking them to produce to fill the jobs we need today and anticipate what we will need tomorrow?” said Debra Rosen, president and CEO of the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce. “We must collaborate and work diligently to solve issues in our educational system and make sure all students graduate ready for college and career.”

Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity is supported by a grant from the Daniels Fund, a Colorado-based foundation established by Bill Daniels, a cable television pioneer known for his generous support of innovative causes. It will also stop in Orlando, FL with more locations to be announced. To learn more, visit: www.breakthemonopoly.com....

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The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce strives to build Vibrant Communities through Stronger Commerce. The chamber supports commerce in San Diego’s North County Region, representing over 800 businesses and 150,000 employees. It is the only U.S. Chamber accredited chamber of commerce in San Diego County.

The Daniels Fund provides college scholarships to deserving students, and grants to outstanding nonprofit organizations. Visit www.DanielsFund.org  for more information.

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, promoting the rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems needed to preserve the strength of America's greatest economic resource, its workforce.

The National Chamber Foundation (NCF), a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to identifying and fostering public debate on emerging critical issues. We provide business and government leaders with insight and resources to address tomorrow's challenges.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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