The Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) is a not-for-profit education policy and advocacy group focused on creating measurable outcomes and dedicated to closing the achievement gap for El Paso County students. We accomplish this goal by investing in policies, programs, and metrics that prepare students to succeed in college and our future workforce.
CREEED’s programs and supported initiatives fall into three categories; College Readiness, Career Readiness, and Education Readiness.
College Readiness initiatives support efforts that ensure El Paso students are college ready and have the skills necessary to be successful in obtaining a post-secondary degree or certificate.
Career Readiness initiatives support efforts that ensure El Paso students are being trained for high-skilled jobs, are career ready, and can help make our region economically successful.
Education Readiness initiatives support efforts that impact the quality of education El Paso students receive through increased developmental and leadership resources.
WHY WE STARTED CREEED
The growth of the El Paso region requires a strong economy with a skilled and educated workforce, with national and state projections suggesting that 65 percent of all jobs in 2030 will require some post-secondary credential. Expanding our economy to reflect the skills needed requires an accelerated improvement in current education attainment levels. The need is even greater due to El Paso’s majority Hispanic population, and the lower attainment rate within that demographic.
Currently, only 17 percent of El Paso 8th graders obtain a postsecondary credential in 11 years. The lowest percent of any region in Texas. Based on the future needs of our community, this current level of continued education is not enough to support a healthy economy. The future of our region requires that we find new ways to accelerate the level of academic readiness required for our students. As business leaders, community supporters and most importantly, parents, we realized this isn't just an educator’s challenge. We need businesses, educators and the community to work together to create pathways for success. Prosperity for everyone living in El Paso depends on it.
CREEED uses six guiding principles when identifying engagements that will help increase educational attainment. The combination of these principles ensures long-term sustainability and successful implementation of initiatives that will help El Paso students succeed:
Six Guiding Principles:
CREEED focuses on increasing Educational Achievement through Investments in Resources using a Collaborative Approach to supporting Sustainable Initiatives with a Proven Track Record of Results that will produce Measurable Outcomes.
At CREEED, we are bringing together education, business, and civic leaders to accomplish the following: