#Learners2Earners Focuses on Florida’s Cradle to Career Continuum

By: Katherine Bustamante

 

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The Florida Chamber Foundation’s annual Learners to Earners Education Summit conversations covered everything from the role businesses must play in education initiatives to what education, workforce and Florida look like in 2030 and beyond. The cradle to career continuum conversations began with a discussion on early learning, the importance of 3rd grade reading levels and how poverty impacts our youngest learners, led by Kim Reckley, PNC Bank, Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power, Dr. Brittany Birken, Florida Children’s Council, Vance Aloupis, The Children’s Movement of Florida, and Charles Hokanson, Helios Education Foundation.

We were proud to once again host the Education Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards program presented by Wells Fargo with Commissioner Pam Stewart and, for the first time, a conversation with mayors and municipal leaders from across the state on the importance of after school and summer learning opportunities. Special thanks to Chancellor Hershel Lyons, Ted Granger, United Way of Florida, and the mayors and municipal leaders for their leadership on K-12 opportunities.

Leaders from Florida’s higher education institutions including Emily Sikes, State University System, and Chancellor Madeline Pumariega, Florida College System, discussed the connection between skills and workforce needs. Michelle Dennard, CareerSource Florida, closed out the summit with a look at what the jobs of the future look like, and how Florida can prepare.

Check out the highlights from the event below.