This week, Ogden/Weber Chamber along with Partners in Education put on the Education Summit in Ogden. Prosperity 2020 chair Alan Hall, an Ogden native, keynoted the event, elaborating on the education movement’s goals for Utah and how we are working to achieve those goals. Hall expressed that he is very impressed by how involved the Weber and Ogden school districts have been in furthering the goals of Prosperity 2020.
One of the things Hall will be working towards is taking Prosperity 2020 to the next level by incorporating statewide action. The Standard Examiner reported:
Hall said he plans to visit every school district, university and trade school across the state to spread his message of the importance of education and how Utah can and should be rising to the top.
“In the 1960s we were third in the nation. Now we are somewhere in the middle. I think we can get back in the top 10,” Hall said of Utah’s education scores.
Ogden/Weber Chamber President and Business Promise chair Dave Hardman said that there has been an uptick in volunteers, but they still would like to see more.
Volunteerism is another key to Prosperity 2020′s goals for education in the state. The Prosperity 2020 Business Promise aims to have 20,200 volunteers in Utah schools by the year 2020. An ambitious goal, but one that can greatly increase positive educational outcomes.
You can read the Standard Examiner’s coverage of the event here:
About Prosperity 2020
The Prosperity 2020 movement, the largest business-led movement ever assembled in Utah to advance educational investment and innovation, is supported by 20 chambers of commerce across the state as well as multiple business associations and individual businesses. This robust group of business leaders has played a critical role in establishing three goals to be achieved by 2020:
· 66 percent of Utah adults with a postsecondary certificate or degree
· 90 percent of elementary students proficient in reading and mathematics
· STEM Top Ten center for technology jobs and businesses
During the 2013 general legislative session, the Utah Legislature officially adopted the first two goals and formed a committee to chart a path toward meeting them. Prosperity 2020 will continue to play an active role in supporting the completion of these goals. Learn more by visiting www.prosperity2020.com.