Education

A strong education system is crucial to preparing people for good jobs and bright futures and sustaining a 21st century workforce that can compete in the global economy.

The Chamber is focused on fixing shortcomings in our education system so that students emerge from our public education system prepared for college or a career; higher education is more accessible and affordable; employers can find workers with the right skills and qualifications; and our workforce will attract investment, drive growth, and spur innovation.

Projects and Programs

 


Our Priorities

 

Priorities

Early Education, K-12 Education, and Child Care
  • Support expansion of high-quality early education programs.
  • Improve K-12 education through rigorous academics, accountability for performance, and choices for parents and families, and ensure that every student graduates from high school prepared for the next step—whether college or career.  
  • Expand the availability of child care options.
Higher Education
  • Support innovation in higher education while holding institutions accountable for their performance, and improve transparency to empower students, parents, and policymakers to make informed decisions.
  • Improve financial aid programs and systems, including private sector innovations in higher education finance, which work to improve college access and affordability while incentivizing outcomes.
Workforce Training
  • Ensure that training and retraining programs are aligned to the needs of employers based on accurate and timely local labor market data.
  • Support employer-led earn and learn opportunities, including apprenticeships.
  • Incentivize more effective and efficient partnerships between education and workforce systems.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldDec 20, 2018 - 5:00pm
USG and U.S. Chamber Commercial Construction Index for Q4 2018 remains at 75.

Optimistic Construction Companies Turn to Technology to Counter Workforce Challenges

The index remained stable at 75, meaning contractors continue to be optimistic about commercial construction market.

Above the FoldNov 05, 2018 - 9:00am
Illustration of office workers working around a table.

The Two-Gap Workforce Challenge

The skills and people gaps are preventing our nation from leveraging its talent and people from realizing their potential.

Above the FoldNov 01, 2018 - 5:30pm
Tom Donohue speaks at 2018 Talent Forward.

How to Shrink the Skills and People Gaps

By closing both gaps opportunity will flourish, the economy will grow, and people will prosper.

Press ReleaseOct 30, 2018 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue: We Must Close the Skills Gap and the People Gap

Donohue Addresses the State of the American Workforce and What Business is Doing to Meet the Needs of the Modern Economy and Maintain American Competitiveness

Press ReleaseOct 30, 2018 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue: We Must Close the Skills Gap and the People Gap

Donohue Addresses the State of the American Workforce and What Business is Doing to Meet the Needs of the Modern Economy and Maintain American Competitiveness

SpeechOct 30, 2018 - 9:00am

“The Two Gap Challenge” - Speech by Thomas J. Donohue

Talent Forward 2018Washington, D.C. October 30, 2018

EventOct 30, 2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Key Graphic for Talent Forward 2018

Talent Forward 2018

The U.S. Chamber Foundation's national workforce conference, Talent Forward 2018, welcomes leaders and change makers in the business and education communities, industry and human resource partners, and other community leaders to discuss the most critical topic in our country today: our workforce.

Above the FoldJul 31, 2018 - 4:00pm
A student measures a piece of steel during a welding class at the Penn Commercial Business/Technical School in Washington, PA.

Quick Take: Your Primer on the Perkins Career and Technical Education Reauthorization

The bill provides important funding for job training and other related programs for high school and higher education students.

Press ReleaseJul 25, 2018 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Final Passage of Legislation to Reauthorize the Perkins CTE Act

“Workers are a key ingredient of the free enterprise system,” Says Bradley

Letters to CongressJul 24, 2018 - 5:45pm

Key Vote Alert! - "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act," and urging the House to move expeditiously so the President can quickly sign this important legislation into law.