• Education Initiatives

  • Education & Workforce Committee

  • The United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Education & Workforce Committee develops and maintains an inventory of resources from the business sector that provide a connection to education and a ready workforce. Committee meeting agendas, notes, member suggestions, feedback and resources can be viewed by clicking the link below.  For additional information regarding the chamber's Education and Workforce Committee please contact Dr. Gilda Ramirez, VP for Small Business and Education, at 361.881.1800 or by email to gilda@unitedcorpuschristichamber.com.


    Ongoing Education/ Workforce Projects:

  • City of Corpus Christi Education Strategic Plan

  • Corpus Christi Education is a project of the City of Corpus Christi Education/ Workforce Committee.  Led jointly by the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce and Citizens for Educational Excellence, the committee provides guidance in meeting the goal of 60% of citizens with a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2030.  The committee adopted the Corpus Christi Education Strategic Plan in October 2017.

  • Employer Survey

  • Corpus Christi Education/Workforce Stakeholders gathered aggregated, anonymized data from Coastal Bend Employers in November 2017, to better understand gaps in local labor market with a ten-question employer survey. One hundred completed surveys were returned.  The information will be instrumental in preparing our future workforce and is shared here with education, community, and business leaders.

  • Lumina Foundation Designates Corpus Christi As Talent Hub

  • Lumina Foundation, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation announced the designation of Corpus Christi and six other communities across the United States as Talent Hubs.  The Corpus Christi project will focus on increasing the postsecondary attainment of individuals with some college and no degree as a means of addressing workforce challenges. 


    National League of Cities- Technical Assistance Award

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  • The National League of Cities (NLC) selected Corpus Christi as one of six cities that was part of a two-year project to explore and build equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success.  The Mayors of each city that participated in NLC’s Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success committed to increasing access and decreasing barriers to succeeding in higher education and to gaining meaningful employment. 

    In August 2017, the National League of Cities and LinkedIn came to Corpus Christi for a site visit.  Mayor Joe McComb and several of the Education and Workforce Stakeholders/Committee Members participated in the meetings.  Between February 27 and March 1, 2018, Mayors and the support team from the six cities participated in the Mayors’ Institute: Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success and City Design Thinking Lab in Austin, Texas as final requirements for the technical assistance provided by the Kresge Foundation to the six cities.

    NLC's final deliverable to the Kresge Foundation for the initiative was a national briefing in Washington, DC on May 7, 2018. The briefings from the six cities were an opportunity to share the successes from the teams' work over the last two years with a national audience of policy makers and influencers. The centerpiece of the program was showcasing before a national audience the impressive work that Corpus Christi and the other five cities in the initiative accomplished over the past two years.  Dr. Janet Cunningham and the other team leads representing their cities were part of a lively panel discussion and town hall conversation with the audience.


    Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)  Education Attainment Fellowship

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  • Dr. Gilda Ramirez, Vice President for Small Business and Education at the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce completed and Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Education Attainment Fellowship (all expenses paid by ACCE for workshops in Washington D. C., Los Angeles, CA & Detroit, MI).  The fellowship award complemented the citywide education initiative/strategic plan adopted in Corpus Christi and the collective impact being accomplished through work with Citizens for Education Excellence and National League of Cities.  The Regional Action Plan for the fellowship focused on enhancing collaborations and partnerships among education, business, industry, and community organizations to align student skills with workforce needs.  In particular,  Dr. Ramirez focused on what other organizations and cities were doing to increase educational attainment and grow prosperity and increase opportunities for internships and apprenticeships.  Examples of materials from other chambers are shared on this webpage.   


    Launch My Career Texas

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  • The United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce (UCCCC) is committed to improving career pathways to in-demand jobs in Texas.  Between November 15, 2016 and May 31, 2017, the UCCCC successfully led a local communication plan to promote the Launch My Career Texas web tool and ensure its wide use in the community.  This project is an excellent complement to the citywide education-to-career initiative that is progressing through collaborative committee work.  The web tool promotion will continue and plans in the next academic year are for its further incorporation, especially through classroom assignments in the public schools and at local institutions of higher education.  With the citywide education-to-career initiative, work is underway to create a portal, initially for baseline data as the starting point on education levels city-wide from the cradle (early childhood) to postsecondary and career to measure improvements longitudinally.  The data collected during this grant period and reflected in the narrative linked below (number of students/parents and others in the community) will be added to the local initiative's data portal and serve as a baseline of initial education-to-career community outreach.  The contacts made, relationships established and the lessons learned through the UCCCC's role in promoting the Launch web tool, both in the community and with the project's national affiliates are invaluable.  The UCCCC is committed to improve career pathways to in-demand jobs in Corpus Christi.