The Gilbert Chamber Foundation Workforce Readiness
The Gilbert Chamber Foundation works to connect business, education, and government for an ongoing and collaborative conversation regarding the workforce needs of our businesses and the opportunities to support educators, students, and families for a strong talent pipeline.
There are many local professionals who are eager to support our educators. We encourage educators and administrators to reach out to the Gilbert Chamber Foundation with opportunities for professionals to volunteer, serve as a guest speaker, provide input on curriculum, review student projects, serve as science fair judges, and more.
These community connections allow us to provide teachers and students access to business experts.
Business & Education Summit
This annual event brings together representatives of business, education, and government for collaborative conversation on issues impacting the workforce and talent pipeline. Each table includes representation from government, education, small and large businesses, and attendees work on a series of discussion questions to assess opportunities to support one another.
Each year, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Foundation provides scholarships to students who are currently attending or plan to attend within six months an accredited vocational, 2-year, or 4- year institution. Recipient(s) must have demonstrated engagement through involvement in the local Gilbert community and additional weight is given to those students who have participated in a Gilbert Chamber Foundation program.
Shadowing & Mentorship
Pairs high school and college students with industry professionals to provide an inside-look at daily operations in the field of interest. The Gilbert Chamber Foundation collects student applications each year for the program cycle. Each student and mentor can work at their own pace to accomplish between 16 and 20 hours of career shadowing and all mentors and students come together for a closing reception at the end of each cycle.
All participants must upload a résumé and a Release of Liability form.
Tours For Teachers
Designed for Gilbert-area educators, this program provides insight and resources to help participants gain a better understanding of the current and future workforce needs and trends. Participants tour businesses & industries and engage in facilitated conversation to identify local employers' hiring and education requirements.
Tours for Teachers is a verified Arizona Department of Education/Career & Technical Education sponsored or approved staff/professional development to be used for CTE certification in lieu of college credit.