Chamber Executive Ian Fletcher Completes Yearlong Education Fellowship, Looks Onward to Further Shaping the Alachua County Education CompactMay 26th, 2015 by gainesvillechamber
Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Workforce Development Ian Fletcher has graduated from the Fellowship for Education Attainment, along with 19 other Chamber Executives. This immersive yearlong fellowship program is a professional academy launched by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in 2014 and serves to advance chambers’ previously defined education attainment goals to ultimately help business associations around the country build replicable programs and policies.
Fletcher was selected based on his demonstrated commitment and passion for improving the cradle-to-career education pipeline and a desire to take the Gainesville Chamber’s educational efforts to the next level. The fellowship program required each fellow to create a regional action plan focused on addressing specific education attainment and/or workforce development issues in his/her community. Fletcher’s plan seeks to ensure a skilled career path for students from K-12 through postsecondary education, emphasizing early learning programs, K-3rd grade reading literacy, career development, internships/job shadowing opportunities and a parent academy.
“Ian’s passion for workforce development and dedication to the professional growth of the residents in our region has been a tremendous asset for the Gainesville Chamber,” said Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Tim Giuliani.
Fletcher’s regional action plan, experience and skills acquired throughout the education attainment fellowship contributed to the formation of the Alachua County Education Compact, which was launched May 18 by the region’s business, government, community and education leaders including UF President W. Kent Fuchs, Ph.D., Santa Fe College President Jackson Sasser, Ph.D., and Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Owen Roberts, Ph.D, and more than 20 others. No later than October, Fletcher plans to direct the formation of a Stewardship Committee of signers to identify Compact strategies and accountability measures.
The Compact aims to facilitate the achievement of six goals that would result in all students graduating from high school; having access to and being prepared for college and/or career success; having access to pathways to sustainable jobs and careers; developing healthy lifestyle habits, an appreciation for the arts and a sense of social responsibility.