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 FoldNov 04, 2019 - 9:00am
Professionals meeting around a table looking at a computer monitor.

A Solution to the Two-Gap Workforce Challenge

Talent Pipeline Management helps connect people looking for work with employers looking for people. 

Above the FoldSep 30, 2019 - 9:00am
Civics Forward event

The Business Case for Civics

We are in the midst of a civics crisis, and the implications for our society are enormous.

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.

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.

Above the FoldJul 23, 2018 - 9:00am
Pledge to America's Workers

A Pledge to the American Worker

The U.S. Chamber looks forward to continuing work with the administration to equip the American workforce to succeed in the modern economy.

Above the FoldJun 05, 2018 - 4:15pm
USB and U.S. Chamber Commercial Construction Index, Q2 2018: 73

Commercial Contractors are Confident about the Economy but Worry about Labor Shortages and Tariffs

USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index was 73 in the second quarter of 2018.

Above the FoldJun 05, 2018 - 1:15pm
The "Building the Workforce of the Future" Display

Show, Don’t Tell: Art Installation Showcases How Companies are Building the Workforce of the Future

The U.S. Chamber's new art installation showcases leading employers in workforce development efforts.

Above the FoldMay 28, 2018 - 9:00am
Mortarboards tossed into the air.

Business Offers Path to Purpose for New Grads

As a new class of college graduates enters the workforce, Tom Donohue offers his advice on how to maximize their impact on the world.