Employers Elevate Employees’ Education Attainment

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Across the country, organizations are putting differences aside and coming together to elevate the education and skills of working Americans at all levels. One need look no further than the national coalition UpSkill America to see how this movement is afoot. One of the inaugural and very active members of that coalition is the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED), which is conducting research and developing strategies for employers creating education and training programs.

Funded by Lumina Foundation, and published in spring 2015, CED released “A National Imperative: the Role of Business in Promoting Educational Attainment” report that examines efforts by businesses across the country to increase their employees’ educational attainment. The report highlights successful endeavors by companies in Detroit, Memphis, New York City, and Miami, and shares how businesses like CVS Health, Xerox, and FedEx are partnering with colleges, local governments, and economic development organizations to develop strategies for creating innovative job training programs.

Cindy Cisneros, vice president of education programs at CED explains, “For over four decades, CED has been the leading business voice promoting investment in early learning and K-12, and postsecondary education, as well as workforce development and training. In our latest research, we have worked with states across the country to examine workforce readiness and training. We believe these critical issues really are at the nexus of education and the economy.”

In this podcast, Cindy Cisneros talks in depth about CED’s research, and shares insights businesses can use in their own development of job training programs.



About  CED

The Committee for Economic Development merged with The Conference Board in January 2015. These non-profit, non-partisan, non-lobbying organizations, which have very similar mission statements, will leverage their deep research capacity and expand their network of business leaders in order to increase their impact on the national dialogue about the country’s most challenging issues as well as policy at multiple levels. The Conference Board produces extensive economic research, including the Consumer Confidence Index, as well as provides an extensive suite of services such as professional learning councils.


About Cindy Cisneros
Cindy Cisneros

Cindy Cisneros

At CED, Ms. Cisneros leads a portfolio of research, advocacy, and outreach projects that span the pre-K through postsecondary continuum. Ms. Cisneros most recently served as Director of Member Practice at Public Education Network to improve the capacity of local education funds to affect policy change, especially for underserved populations. Formerly, she was a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research that included a central leadership role on the National High School Center.  

Ms. Cisneros also worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Education and Development Center to evaluate teacher leaders and provide technical assistance to school districts on principal leadership practices. Through Ms. Cisneros’ work at the U.S. Department of Education, she managed the implementation of several formula and discretionary K-12 school improvement programs.  Before her appointment at the Department, Ms. Cisneros worked for Congressman Leon Panetta as a Senior Legislative Aide.