Education Connection is a partnership that represents multiple business interests and educational institutions in Hillsborough County. The mission of the Education Connection Committee is to develop workforce talent, advocate for innovative educational initiatives, and inspire meaningful academic and business partnerships.

The six major educational institutions include

  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Saint Leo University
  • Stetson Law
  • The University of Tampa
  • University of South Florida

Our focus includes:

  • Workforce, Internships & Apprenticeships – identifying the available career opportunities and providing exposure to our communities best and brightest.
  • Curriculum Influence – Convening public schools, colleges, universities, students and business leaders to determine what skills are needed in the workforce and how to best educate the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Workforce Development – utilizing the skills gap analysis to design potential solutions by collaborating with other local organizations to help close the gap and generate a strong talent pool in Tampa Bay.

2017 Education Connection Programming included the following topics:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Business Analytics
  • Healthcare
  • Trades (Exploring the Gap in the Skilled Workforce)
  • Talent Management (Plan for Millennials)
  • The Juris Doctorate Advantage
  • Internships 101 and 201

How you can help

  • Join our committee! We meet once a month to discuss initiatives that help support our mission. Our committee is comprised of representatives from our member businesses and educational partners. 
  • Attend one of our events! We host quarterly events throughout the year that provide insight into a topic that affects education in Tampa Bay.

Education Connection programming is sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union.

For more information, email educationconnection@tampachamber.com.