The Greater Gainesville Chamber’s Alachua County Education Compact is 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.
Determined to improve the state of education in Alachua County, leaders from the education, business, government, workforce and nonprofit sectors came together in 2015 to form the Alachua County Education Compact.
These leaders had no intention of launching a brand new program or
initiative, but rather a collective effort to transform the Alachua County education system by aligning their programs and investments to a common vision, set of shared outcomes, and belief that together we can achieve a greater impact.
The goal is to raise funds of $25,000 to conduct a feasibility study to determine if the more than 15,000 individuals in Alachua County without a high school diploma can be trained to receive a certification and earn a higher salary. The study will help Greater Gainesville understand if there is a need to replicating a National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT) or a Career Technical EducationCenter.