• Education & Workforce Initiatives

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  • The United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Education & Workforce Committee is strategically focused on collaboration, aggregating and leveraging resources in partnership with like-minded organizations and individuals in the community, and making data-driven decisions to significantly impact the preparation of the local workforce for the economic development of the community. 

    The committee works closely with Citizens for Education Excellence on the adopted City of Corpus Christi Education Strategic Plan, has worked on projects with the US Chamber of Commerce, National League of Cities and is currently collaborating on the Lumina Foundation and the Graduate Network Bridging the Talent Gap projects.

    Committee meeting agendas, notes, member suggestions, feedback and resources can be viewed here or by clicking the link below.  For additional information regarding the Chamber's Education and Workforce Committee please contact Dr. Gilda Ramirez, VP for Small Business and Education, at (361) 881-1800 or by email to gilda@unitedcorpuschristichamber.com.


    Ongoing Education/ Workforce Projects:

  • City of Corpus Christi Education Strategic Plan

  • Corpus Christi Education is a project of the City of Corpus Christi Education/ Workforce Committee.  Led jointly by the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce and Citizens for Educational Excellence, the committee provides guidance in meeting the goal of 60% of citizens with a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2030.  The committee adopted the Corpus Christi Education Strategic Plan in October 2017.


    UpSkill Coastal Bend

  • A rewarding career in one of the Coastal Bend's thriving industries could be yours in two years or less!  Throughout the Coastal Bend, thousands of openings exist in industries experiencing steady expansion and widely considered drivers of the regional economy.  Through UpSkill Coastal Bend, you can learn more about these careers, their average annual earnings and their educational or training requirements.  Plus, you can trace the pathways to these opportunities from high school, community college, or an existing job.  Follow this link for more information.


    Graduate! Network Bridging the Talent Gap Project - Employer Survey 2018

  • The Citizens for Educational Excellence, United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, Corpus Christi Independent School District, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, Coastal Bend Society for Human Resource Management, Del Mar College, Education to Employment Partners (Regional P16 Council), South Texas Economic Development Center, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend are part of a national network of organizations known as The Graduate! Network.  This network is devoted to seeing more adults complete a college degree or other post-secondary credential and will soon launch an Employer Survey to identify and address skill shortages and opportunities for education partnerships across the Coastal Bend community.  The intent is to capture data to help state policymakers, educational institutions and training providers better understand the urgency of employers' needs and take action.  Responses to this survey will provide valuable feedback and will help guide community-wide strategies for creating a work-ready Coastal Bend.


    Lumina Foundation Designates Corpus Christi As Talent Hub

  • Lumina Foundation, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation announced the designation of Corpus Christi and six other communities across the United States as Talent Hubs.  The Corpus Christi project will focus on increasing the postsecondary attainment of individuals with some college and no degree as a means of addressing workforce challenges. 


    Employer Survey 2017

  • Corpus Christi Education/Workforce Stakeholders gathered aggregated, anonymized data from Coastal Bend Employers in November 2017, to better understand gaps in local labor market with a ten-question employer survey. One hundred completed surveys were returned.  The information will be instrumental in preparing our future workforce and is shared here with education, community, and business leaders.


    National League of Cities- Technical Assistance Award

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  • The National League of Cities (NLC) selected Corpus Christi as one of six cities that was part of a two-year project to explore and build equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success.  The Mayors of each city that participated in NLC’s Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success committed to increasing access and decreasing barriers to succeeding in higher education and to gaining meaningful employment. 

    In August 2017, the National League of Cities and LinkedIn came to Corpus Christi for a site visit.  Mayor Joe McComb and several of the Education and Workforce Stakeholders/Committee Members participated in the meetings.  Between February 27 and March 1, 2018, Mayors and the support team from the six cities participated in the Mayors’ Institute: Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success and City Design Thinking Lab in Austin, Texas as final requirements for the technical assistance provided by the Kresge Foundation to the six cities.

    NLC's final deliverable to the Kresge Foundation for the initiative was a national briefing in Washington, DC on May 7, 2018. The briefings from the six cities were an opportunity to share the successes from the teams' work over the last two years with a national audience of policy makers and influencers. The centerpiece of the program was showcasing before a national audience the impressive work that Corpus Christi and the other five cities in the initiative accomplished over the past two years.  Dr. Janet Cunningham and the other team leads representing their cities were part of a lively panel discussion and town hall conversation with the audience.


    Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)  Education Attainment Fellowship

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  • Dr. Gilda Ramirez, Vice President for Small Business and Education at the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce completed an Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Education Attainment Fellowship (all expenses paid by ACCE for workshops in Washington D. C., Los Angeles, CA & Detroit, MI).  The fellowship award complemented the citywide education initiative/strategic plan adopted in Corpus Christi and the collective impact being accomplished through work with Citizens for Education Excellence and National League of Cities.  The Regional Action Plan for the fellowship focused on enhancing collaborations and partnerships among education, business, industry, and community organizations to align student skills with workforce needs.  In particular,  Dr. Ramirez focused on what other organizations and cities were doing to increase educational attainment and grow prosperity and increase opportunities for internships and apprenticeships.  Examples of materials from other chambers are shared on this webpage.   


    Launch My Career Texas

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  • The United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce (UCCCC) is committed to improving career pathways to in-demand jobs in Texas.  Between November 15, 2016 and May 31, 2017, the UCCCC successfully led a local communication plan to promote the Launch My Career Texas web tool and ensure its wide use in the community.  This project is an excellent complement to the citywide education-to-career initiative that is progressing through collaborative committee work.  The web tool promotion will continue and plans in the next academic year are for its further incorporation, especially through classroom assignments in the public schools and at local institutions of higher education.  With the citywide education-to-career initiative, work is underway to create a portal, initially for baseline data as the starting point on education levels city-wide from the cradle (early childhood) to postsecondary and career to measure improvements longitudinally.  The data collected during this grant period and reflected in the narrative linked below (number of students/parents and others in the community) will be added to the local initiative's data portal and serve as a baseline of initial education-to-career community outreach.  The contacts made, relationships established and the lessons learned through the UCCCC's role in promoting the Launch web tool, both in the community and with the project's national affiliates are invaluable.  The UCCCC is committed to improve career pathways to in-demand jobs in Corpus Christi.


    Gateways for Growth Welcoming New Americans Grant

  • The United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi received a Gateways for Growth Welcoming New Americans Grant on behalf of Corpus Christi to develop concrete strategies to integrate immigrants and international talent to foster economic growth.


    United Strong: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Summit

  • Diverse perspectives, inclusion and equity are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision-making, talent development and fostering a pro-business climate for the well-being and vibrant future of Corpus Christi and the South Texas Region.

    In 2016, National League of Cities (NLC) named Corpus christi as one of the 25 Cities for its work in equity in postsecondary education and workforce.  In October 2017, the City of Corpus Christi adopted an Education Strategic Plan to prepare the future workforce.

    In September 2017, Corpus Christi was named as one of the 25 communities selected for a Gateways for Growth (G4G) Challenge Round II Grant in partnership with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to Welcome New Americans on behalf of Corpus Christi to develop concrete strategies to integrate immigrants and international talent to foster economic growth.

    The United Strong: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit is the culmination of the two projects (NLC & G4G) and the springboard to action as the work begins for the future of growth in Corpus Christi.