Education and Workforce Council
Marilu Reyna, 2023 Education and Workforce Development Council
Executive Vice President, Marketing, Branding and Communications, FirstDay Foundation
Katie Ferrier, Program Vice President
Vice President, Education and Workforce Development, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Connecting business with education to build local talent is more necessary than ever before. The Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development department mobilizes the business community to be more engaged partners in education and workforce development and help drive regional economic success. These partnerships help expand access to higher education, provided meaningful work-based learning opportunities, and support homegrown talent to secure our future.
An excellent education system is critical to developing a strong workforce and creating a livable community. We help businesses use their voice to have an impact on their community and partner for shared solutions.
Today’s students can be overwhelmed by the options presented to them for career readiness. We help connect employers to the education system to help equip students with knowledge, skills, competence, and opportunities for the jobs of tomorrow.
Our community needs its skilled workforce to grow. We support the development of programs to upskill today’s job-seekers and provider employers with the workers they need.
The mission of the Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development Council is to develop workforce talent for our region, advocate for innovative and successful education initiatives, and encourage meaningful academic and business partnerships.
This group meets monthly to tackle some of the most pressing issues for our community. It provides member with a chance to gain knowledge, influence policy, and make connections. Thought collective action, San Antonio leaders collaborate around solutions to support the development of a talent pipeline and ensure workforce development efforts in our schools and community match the requirements of in-demand positions as our local businesses.