The Alachua County Education Compact is mobilizing the community around education to better prepare students for higher education and sustainable careers. This collaborative initiative–which includes leaders in education, business, philanthropy, workforce development, government, parents and families– aims to improve systemic outcomes in education by aligning the efforts of our education partners to prepare students to seize career opportunities in emerging industries.
In 2013, the Gainesville Chamber started a conversation about what role the business community should play in shaping education in Alachua County. That conversation led to an examination of successful models executed in regions across the country to transform education systems. In April 2014, the Gainesville Area Chamber and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce met to discuss the implementation of the LA Compact.
Simultaneously, Greater Gainesville stakeholders also were engaged in a conversation about the direction and coordination of the region’s talent pipeline. From the region’s collective dialogue emerged the idea of an Education Compact to guide, augment and coordinate existing efforts to unite academia and business around an agreed upon set of community-wide education outcomes.
Vice President of Education & Talent Alignment Ian Fletcher completed a fellowship with the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in Education Attainment and is overseeing the development of the Alachua County Education Compact.
How it Works
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce will lead the Education Compact, which augments and coordinates existing efforts by bridging the gap between academia and business. A Compact Leadership Council of select signers will serve as the coordinating body to elevate the Compact success.
Compact signers commit to being responsible for their organization’s role in the progress and development of the Compact and the achievement of its goals.
Goals & Outcomes
The Compact has six goals:
- All students graduate from high school
- All students have access to and are prepared for college or career success
- All students have access to pathways to sustainable jobs and careers
- All students develop an appreciation for the arts
- All students develop healthy lifestyle habits
- All students develop a sense of social responsibility
The desired outcomes will lead to:
- Improve rates of school readiness
- Increase high school graduation rates
- Increase access to post-secondary credentials
- Create an aligned and productive workforce
The Alachua County Education Compact signatories commit to regularly measuring the Compact’s progress in pursuit of the six overarching goals listed above. To achieve these goals, the Alachua County Education Compact formed a Compact Leadership Council and several workgroups. Each group is developing joint strategies and initiatives and aggregating measurable community data to address shared interests across Alachua County Education Compact goals.
The Compact Leadership Council serves as the coordinating body of the Alachua County Education Compact by guiding strategic priorities and accountability measures. The desired outcomes for the Alachua County Education Compact are to increase school readiness rates, access to post-secondary credentials and high school graduation rates and create an aligned and productive workforce.
As of June, 2015, confirmed Compact signers include:
- John Carlson – Chair, Gainesville Chamber and CEO, Charles Perry Partners, Inc.
- Tim Giuliani – President and CEO, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
- Ed Potts – President, Alachua Chamber of Commerce
- Dr. Owen Roberts – Superintendent, Alachua County Public Schools
- Leanetta McNealy – Chair, School Board of Alachua County
- Dr. Jackson Sasser – President, Santa Fe College
- Dr. Kent Fuchs – President, University of Florida
- Ed Braddy – Mayor, City of Gainesville
- Doug Jones – Mayor, City of Archer
- Gib Coerper – Mayor, City of Alachua
- Rick Stab – Chair, Gainesville Chamber Talent Alignment Committee and President and CEO, Intermed Biomedical
- Rose Fagler – Community Relations Manager, Plum Creek
- Karen McCann – President, Alachua County Education Association
- Deborah Bowie – President and CEO, United Way
- Rodney Long – President, Martin Luther King Commission
- Judy Boles – Executive Director, Education Foundation of Alachua County
- Don Davis – Vice-Chair, CareerSource North Central Florida Board
- Sadie Darnell – Sheriff, Alachua County Sheriff Office
- Evelyn Foxx – President, Alachua County Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Kevin Monroe – Executive Director of Operations Central Florida, Cox Communications
- Kristin Schreiner – Regional Director, Junior Achievement
- Edward Bielarski Jr. -General Manager, Gainesville Regional Utilities
- Dr. Caroline Le – Director, Gainesville Education Center, Saint Leo University
- Anthony Jones – Chief, Gainesville Police Department
- Barzella Papa – President and CEO, Community Foundation of North Central Florida
- Parry Lloyd – President, African American Accountability Alliance
- Charles Chestnut IV – Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
- Matthew Surrency – Mayor, City of Hawthorne
Learn more about the Alachua County Education Compact: The ACEC Story