Education to Employment Partners (E2E), formerly Citizens for Educational Excellence (CEE), was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization in 2003 by the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Foundation as a way to improve high school graduation rates. The CEE name was changed to E2E in 2020 to better reflect the organization’s mission, which is to bring together people, information, and resources to increase educational and job attainment in the Coastal Bend.
Led by a 17-member board of directors, E2E provides youth programs, conducts professional development for educators, leads education forums, and establishes programs designed to increase postsecondary and career success.
Credential completion rates for returning adult learners at two higher education partners increased 13% above baseline in two years.
Through integrated navigation and advising support, 4,233 adults that had some college credit but no degree earned their first postsecondary credential. This amounts to an increase of 13% above prior year baselines.
In one year, adult re-enrollment grew by 577%.
After launching the Recapture Your Dream program, Del Mar College increased their enrollment of adult learners with some college, no degree by 577% in a single year. Re-enrollment rates at Del Mar continue to outpace their baseline year, ultimately re-enrolling 3,420 adults over a three-year period.
Leveraged the Talent Hub investment to raise an additional $2.28M over three years – a $8.29 to $1 match of grant funds.
Education to Employment partners leveraged their Talent Hub relationships and designation to raise an additional $2.28M over a three year period to support workforce and education programming. Coming from public and private sources, the Talent Hub has proven their ability to serve as an effective intermediary organization for regional talent development.
Recapture Your Dream is a free program that provides direct assistance to individuals that were once enrolled in a college or workforce program but have stopped out. Working with community and higher education partners, Recapture Your Dream provides adults with advising, financial aid assistance, and fast-track pathways to in-demand careers. The program has resulted in thousands more adult re-enrollments and completions throughout the region.
In 2018, a coalition of education, industry, and government leaders created UpSkill Coastal Bend—among the nation’s top business-led collaborations working with education and community stakeholders—to close our region’s skills gap by aligning collective efforts to pursue three fundamental objectives:
ATTRACT unemployed and underemployed Coastal Bend residents and youth to middle-skill positions across the region—in part by raising awareness of and changing perceptions about these careers.
TRAIN individuals in the technical and employability skills necessary for success—using curricula built around industry demand and aligned across the sector for portability.
PLACE and retain these workers in middle-skill jobs on career paths that reward those who continue to upgrade their skills and mentor those who need a little support.
UpSkill Coastal Bend helps break down barriers, foster open dialogue, and create a singular vision to power solutions that prepare our workforce for good-paying middle-skill jobs in high demand across the region.
The Corpus Christi Talent Hub assembled a team of leaders from rural collar counties to strengthen their system-wide approach to improve talent for the region. Participating in CivicLab’s Building Rural Community Learning Systems initiative, the group is rewiring relationships and pathways to support adults in need of postsecondary credentials to meet workforce demand.
Del Mar College is a public community college located in Corpus Christi, Texas. As a key partner to the Corpus Christi Talent Hub, Del Mar has changed policies and practices that act as roadblocks to student success, specifically for returning adult learners who have some credit but have yet to earn a degree. Using improved data systems, clear degree maps, and partnering with external coaching providers, Del Mar college made substantial gains in re-enrolling adult learners and ensuring they complete with a high-quality credential.