President & CEO, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
It’s very important for us, as the Chamber, to advocate for a better system in order to improve academic achievement in our school system. We know that, at the end of the day, our education system is vital to our economic performance.
Businesses are the number one customer of education. Employers in our community have a vested interest in making sure that we are delivering our education services in a way that makes sure our students are career and college ready.
After the recession, we were one of the hardest hit communities in the entire United States. As a result, we’ve had to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps. There’s a culture here of people helping each other. Education is one area where the community has stepped up to offer their support. When it comes to student achievement, when it comes to graduation rates, when it comes to college and career readiness, we really aren’t very high on the scale. It’s extremely important for our business community to be engaged in partnership with the school districts, but also in advocacy.
Nearly two-thirds of jobs in the next decade are going to require some sort of an advanced postsecondary degree or a high-level certificate. We need to grow our economy here in Nevada, in order to be globally competitive. And we’re not going to be able to do that unless we can develop the workforce of the future.