ACEC presents to statewide and local networks, joining Florida College Access NetworkJune 27th, 2015 by gainesvillechamber
The Alachua County Education Compact (ACEC)—signed May 18 by leaders in business, education and government and the community at-large—continues to garner statewide attention and create new opportunities to tell Greater Gainesville’s story of talent pipeline innovation.
Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Vice-President of Workforce Development Ian Fletcher was invited to attend the June 22 Florida College Access Network’s (FCAN) statewide LCAN (Local College Access Network) Leadership Convening in Orlando, presenting an overview of the ACEC, the initiative’s next steps and lessons learned. FCAN hosted the Leadership Convening to connect leaders from multiple Florida regions to increase their capacity to solve tough problems and accelerate collective work in education.
Recognizing the ACEC’s alignment with FCAN’s mission, FCAN has accepted ACEC as a member on Alachua County’s behalf. FCAN is working toward a goal to increase the proportion of working-age adults in Florida who hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential to 60 percent by the year 2025. More information is available at www.floridacollegeaccess.org.
At the seminar, Fletcher networked with other local college access networks, gaining statewide education policy information, acquired tools to communicate local progress through shared metrics and gained insights on education funding priorities from leaders from highly regarded education think-tanks, such as the Helios Education Foundation and the Lumina Foundation.
Fletcher plans to attend the 2015 National College Access Network (NCAN) Conference, which will address topics such as 21st century skills and workforce readiness; collective impact and networks; policy to increase college and career attainment; research, data, evaluation and measuring outcomes; rural strategies and more. Meanwhile, Fletcher continues to work with FCAN and other local college access networks on pilot projects such as Florida College Decision Day, Florida FAFSA Finish Line, College Goal Sunday and more.
Fletcher traveled back to Gainesville the same day to present ACEC updates to the meeting of the Envision Alachua Community Task Force, which is committed to fostering open and productive discussion among local leaders and residents relating to Envision Alachua.
Over the past four years, education has emerged as a key focal area for Envision Alachua resulting from a need to prepare students and the community for job opportunities projected to result from the plan, if approved. In 2012, Envision Alachua added “Education” to its third pillar as an area to address through its proposed sector plan. During the same time, multiple education-focused, state and local conversations were happening around education solutions. Ultimately emerging across Envision Alachua’s and the community’s conversations were three key areas: the economy, environmental conservation, and education and community. In response, Envision Alachua then launched the East County Educators Committee, which identified barriers to prosperity and deliberated much of what ultimately was included the Envision Alachua Education Forum Summary and Action Plan, which helped to shape the tenets of the Education Compact.
Fletcher continues to travel locally and in-state to promote the work of and facilitate connections and resources on behalf of the Alachua County Education Compact. For questions, contact Ian Fletcher via email at Ian@GainesvilleChamber.com.