Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce Joins Forces with the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education to Focus on Education and the Workforce
The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce has signed on as an MBAE Affiliate signaling its commitment to ensuring all students get the education they need to be successful in college and career.
The Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce joins the growing MBAE network that includes 35 chambers and industry associations including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mass Technology Leadership Council, which collectively represent over 31,000 employers.
“Strengthening the connection between our business community and our schools has been a priority of this chamber since its founding,” said Debbie Dutra, of The Lopes Companies, and chairperson of the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. “MBAE is an excellent resource to further help our community graduate students prepared to meet the demands of our growing workforce.”
“We are pleased that the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce is joining our Network of employers that share a commitment to high quality public education,” said MBAE Executive Director Edward Lambert. “Together, we can promote preeminent state education policy and work with our partners to provide students with critical information about and exposure to the world of work in the 21st century.”
MBAE Affiliates are joining the Network in response to their members’ concerns about the preparedness of students for the workforce. An MBAE survey of Massachusetts employers found 75% are having trouble finding qualified candidates to fill open positions. Candidates and new hires are lacking in skills needed in the workplace including “applied skills” like teamwork, critical thinking and communications.
About the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education was founded in 1988 by employers concerned about the educational attainment and skills of graduates entering the workforce. Driven by the business community’s commitment that all students graduate high school prepared for success in college, career and citizenship, our core work is influencing state education policy to improve the quality of all public schools in Massachusetts.