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Lumina Award to Help Chamber Increase Educational Attainment in Region

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) recently announced the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation as one of five chambers of commerce receiving the 2015-16 Lumina Award for Education Attainment, which will bolster its talent retention and education efforts throughout Southeast Michigan.

The Lumina Education Attainment Award is a one-time $40,000 stimulus award to support the established efforts of chambers of commerce to grow the number of individuals in their communities with post-secondary degrees and other high quality credentials. Recipients were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants for having demonstrated momentum in setting education attainment agendas and establishing innovative postsecondary attainment goals and strategies.

Building off its work with CEOs for Cities’ Talent Dividend initiative, the Chamber recently adopted the Lumina Foundation’s goal of increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

“Education attainment drives economic vitality,” said Greg Handel, vice president of education and talent for the Chamber. “This is about helping more kids gain access to and succeed in college, and retaining them once they have graduated or completed training. Meeting these type of goals will have a dramatic economic impact in Southeast Michigan.”

For more information on any of the Chamber’s educational outreach efforts, please contact Greg Handel, vice president of education and talent, at 313.596.0331.