The Tyler Area Business Education Council is a 501c3 organization funded by local businesses, educational institutions and family foundations and is overseen by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. The mission of the Council is to connect education to economic development in an effort to secure a more educated workforce and a prosperous local economy for the residents of Tyler and Smith County.
In Smith County today, 35% of residents possess an associate degree or higher. Yet according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 65% of U.S. jobs will require some form of post-secondary education by 2020. With this gap in mind, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Tyler came together to establish the Tyler Area Business Education Council in 2012. Since its inception, the Business Education Council has worked with partners in all sectors to elevate education as one of the region's most critical issues. The Council has served as an organizer of stakeholders and as a partner to businesses, schools and colleges or universities in developing new programs, facilities and events to assist area students and families and to ensure that local workforce needs are properly aligned with available educational programs and skills training.
In 2014, the Business Education Council launched the Tyler Area Partnership 4 Education, a Collective Impact initiative modeled on work being done to improved educational outcomes in communities across the United States. The goal of the partnership is to use the principles of Collective Impact to increase the number of Smith County residents possessing a postsecondary credential or degree to 60% by the year 2025. Together with the Council members, there are over 40 Smith County organizations working together in the areas of Kindergarten Readiness, Middle to High School transition, Postsecondary Readiness, Access and Success and Workforce Integration.
Some of the most notable projects of the Council include:
*Principal for a Day Program
*Tyler Chamber of Commerce Career Connections Event
*Tyler ISD Distinguished Alumni awards
*Apply Yourself Smith County/Tyler Area College Night
*Student Internship and Summer Jobs Fair
*FAFSA Super Saturday
If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please call 903-592-1661 ext 252.
Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce C4 Event
The second annual Chamber of Commerce Career Connections (C4) Event will provide high school juniors the opportunity to spend half a day with business leaders from our community. The students will attend 5 sessions: a career pathway panel discussion, a soft skills topic, a resume/mock interview session and a financial literacy session plus one bonus session of their choice. They will enjoy lunch while listening to renowned speaker and author, Chad Foster. Chad is the best selling author of three books directly targeted toward teens as they prepare for their futures. The event will be held on January 8, 2016 at the Tyler Junior College West Campus. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and the event will end at 2:30 p.m. If you are interested in learning more, please call 903-592-1661 ext 252.
Post and Apply for Tyler Area Internships
It’s no secret that internships are the most effective way for students to gain experience before graduation. Research shows that seven out of ten students who have had an internship with an employer are hired for a full time position by the same employer. Connecting students with local companies helps educate the next generation of our workforce by keeping talent and top businesses in the Tyler area.
In support of this goal, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and Tyler Area Business Education Council have partnered with internships.com to help local students and businesses connect with each other at no cost!
In addition, an annual student internship and summer jobs fair will be held in the Spring. Details coming soon!