The Chamber's involvement with Education in Las Cruces and throughout New Mexico is very extensive. Education falls under the Community Development Division of the Chamber.The Division Mission is to "focus the assets of the chamber and its membership on improving the quality of life in the community, the transportation and infrastructure and quality of the workfoce, which make it more attractive to business. Identify community weakness to business and develop solutions. The Education Committee under this division is responsible for serving as a resource to support and enhance our educational system by increasing awareness of the importance of a quality education and how it contributes to a better-prepared workforce.
For the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Education Committee 2011-2012 Project Plan click here
The Chamber has partnered this year with the Children's Reading Foundation of Dona Ana County as well as the New Mexico State University Department of Education to host a "Dona Ana County Literacy Conference" This conference will bring together the entire literacy community for one meeting to discuss needs and projects in the coming year, as well as to help promote the message, "Read to a Child Every Day", and focus on improving literacy throughout Doña Ana County.
The Chamber is also responsible for The Bridge, a regional educational initiative. The Bridge was created through an education committee initiative which led to community discussions regarding school attendance and graduation rates. The Bridge is currently now its own entity, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that "bridges the gap" between students and the needs of our local workforce.
The Bridge Website
Doña Ana County Reading Foundation
The Children's Reading Foundation of DAC is a community-driven, county-wide project that promotes the message, "Read to a Child Every Day" and focuses on improving literacy throughout Doña Ana County. We thank the Institute for Community Engagement and McCune Foundation for assistance in establishing the Reading Foundation chapter. Dona Ana County Reading Foundation Website