Carolina business leaders have a vested interest in the success of students in public schools, especially as the need for more qualified workers becomes more acute. Coalitions of current and former C-suite executives have now formed in both North and South Carolina in an effort by the business community to influence education policy while building a stronger bond between all stakeholders. The goals of the business groups include raising student achievement, addressing financial challenges in public education and ensuring a robust pipeline of well-qualified workers for the region’s employers. Mike Brenan of BB&T, Pamela Lackey of AT&T South Carolina, Walter McDowell of BEST NC and Anna Nelson of Spangler Companies lay out their initiatives in this first episode of a two-part series.
Tags: Anna Nelson, AT&T, BB&T, BEST NC, Early Childhood Development, Education, Education Sustainability, Graduation Rate, Knowledge Economy, Mike Brenan, Pamela Lackey, Parental Role, Project L.I.F.T., Skills Gap, Spangler Companies, Student Achievement, Training, Walter McDowell