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Chamber Education and Leadership Director selected for education fellowship

Burlington, VT. (September 25, 2017) — Mary Anne Sheahan, Education and Leadership Director for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to study education attainment and workforce development along with 20 other chamber of commerce professionals from communities throughout the United States. 

The Fellowship for Education Attainment is an immersive executive development program that provides chamber of commerce professionals with education and tools to improve the cradle-to-career education pipeline in the communities they serve.

“Our members consistently rank the need for more qualified job candidates as one of their top priorities. Cradle to career education ensures that our citizens can access good opportunities and our employers can create new jobs,” said Tom Torti, President of the LCRCC.

Throughout the yearlong Fellowship for Education Attainment, participants are required to develop a regional action plan that focuses on addressing specific education attainment or workforce development issues in their communities.

“We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to this executive leadership training initiative and the high caliber of applicants,” said ACCE President Mick Fleming. Speaking on the need for businesses to be more engaged in talent development discussions and outcomes, Fleming says his organization assists its members through various learning opportunities and best practice sharing. “This latest step in our strategy to engage business leaders and advocates in education attainment maximizes the linkage between qualified talent and economic development goals.”

ACCE’s Fellowship for Education Attainment is designed to advance a chamber of commerce’s already-defined education attainment goals and ultimately help the business associations nationwide build replicable programs and processes.

Leaders selected to participate in the 2017 Fellowship represent communities including Albany, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Augusta, Georgia; Vail, Colorado; Brockton, Massachusetts; Brooklyn, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Corpus Christi, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Evansville, Indiana; Frankfort, Kentucky; Fullerton, California; Greenwood, South Carolina; Helena, Montana; Irving, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Mason, Ohio; Raleigh, North Carolina; Salina, Kansas; Topeka, Kansas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the state. The Chamber puts everything into place to help our members grow their businesses: providing innovative member services and programs, promoting our region and making it an even better place to do business. To learn more about the Chamber, visit www.vermont.org/chamber.