• Education Initiatives

  • Education & Workforce Committee

  • The United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Education & Workforce Committee develops and maintains an inventory of resources from the business sector that provide a connection to education and a ready workforce. Committee meeting agendas, notes, member suggestions, feedback and resources can be viewed 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.


    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 will take part in a two-year project to explore and build equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success.  The Mayors of each city participating in NLC's Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success cohort have made a commitment to increasing access and decreasing barriers to succeeding in higher education and to gaining meaningful employment.

    In August, the National League of Cities and LinkedIn came to Corpus Christi for their site visit.  Mayor Joe McComb and several of the Education Stakeholders/ Committee Members participated in the meetings.  The next part of the technical support from the Kresge Foundation and NLC will be a two-day Mayors' and support team workshop with the six cities participating.  The next meeting with the NLC will be the Mayors' Institute: Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success on February 27-28, 2018, and City Design Thinking Lab on March 1, 2018, in Austin, Texas.  This upcoming meeting is one of the final requirements for all six of our Kresge Foundation technical assistance cities. 


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

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  • Dr. Gilda Ramirez, the Vice President for Small Business & Education at the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, was recently awarded a year-long Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Education Attainment Fellowship (all expenses paid by ACCE for three trips to workshops).  She attended the first workshop in Washington D.C. on September 6-7, 2017, and is tasked with creating a Regional Action Plan (RAP).  She received the fellowship partially because of the citywide education initiative/ strategic plan in progress, and because Corpus Christi is working with the NLC.  The RAP for the ACCE Fellowship is focused on goal three: Enhancing Collaboration and Partnerships... which is also the work focused with the subcommittee aligning internships and practicums for students, student skills and workforce needs.  While the subcommittee has already met on goal three twice; the disruption of meetings from Hurricane Harvey has caused Dr. Ramirez to take more of a one-on-one approach in visiting sites to collect information needed and meeting with individuals to build relationships.


    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.