2025 Education Goals

Guiding Principle:

South Carolina businesses report their number one issue is a sustainable, highly educated workforce of technicians, engineers, sales professionals, managers and entrepreneurs. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce seeks to advocate for the necessary changes and improvements to ensure a capable, productive, and sustainable workforce.  To that end the Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development Committee will work to help our state achieve the following goals by 2025. 

  • The Education and Economic Development Act will be fully implemented across all school districts.
  • All SC public K-12 schools will utilize a learning model that has competency progression, focused personalized learning and is technology based. 
  • 90% of all SC high school students will graduate on-time as measured by the US Dept. of Education’s Uniform Graduation Rate formula.
  • All SC parents will have access to quality early childhood development programs that include a strong focus on brain development prenatal to age three.
  • 10% yearly increase in the number of students completing a Career and Technology Education (CATE) Program1 of Study leading to a specialized stackable credential of value.
  • 10% yearly increase in Technical College issued certificates and credentials in areas that support SC’s workforce sector strategies.
  • SC will exceed the national average for awarding 2 and 4 college degrees in disciplines that support SC’s workforce sector strategies.
  • Double the number of businesses supporting WorkKeys and registered as Work Ready Communities supporters.
  • Apprenticeship will continue growing at a yearly rate of 10 %.
  • Businesses participating in the Youth Apprenticeship Initiative will by increase 10% each year and will be in all 46 counties.