May 10, 2017

CBIA, education reform council affiliate to boost workforce

PHOTO | Pablo Robles
PHOTO | Pablo Robles
Joe Brennan, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association said Wednesday it is affiliating with the Connecticut Council for Education Reform to enhance both groups' education and workforce initiatives.

The combined organization will operate under the CBIA Education & Workforce Partnership, leveraging CBIA's statewide public profile to raise awareness among policymakers and stakeholders regarding Connecticut's achievement gap, which the organizations are working to close in order to bolster the state's workforce.

Established as the CBIA Education Foundation in 1983, the CBIA Education & Workforce Partnership works with member businesses and other groups statewide to strengthen the talent pipeline and encourage economic growth.

Andrea Comer, formerly executive director of the CBIA Education & Workforce Partnership, will now serve as the partnership's vice president of workforce strategies.

"Closing Connecticut's achievement gap and improving public education for all students is essential for the economic and civic well-being of Connecticut," said CBIA President & CEO Joe Brennan.

The boards of CCER and CBIA agreed to affiliate at their respective board meetings in March and April. CCER will relocate from New Haven to CBIA's Hartford offices.

CCER's board will continue to meet within the structure of CBIA, as will the board of CBIA's Education & Workforce Partnership.

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