In Douglas, a dozen leaders from the civic, business, and educational arenas have joined together to form the Douglas Education Partnership Council. Born out of the Arizona Education Progress Meter’s goals to improve specific education metrics for all Arizona students, the Council in Douglas will work together to galvanize the community to support local schools.

To begin, the Council will analyze where students in Douglas stand today and how best they can be supported. The City of Douglas has already shown support for the Arizona Education Progress Meter and recognizes that it needs to make education a top priority in the community to ensure a strong economic future and a higher quality of life for everyone. The city understands that the future economy and workforce demands will require more than a high school diploma, and that currently only 32 percent of Cochise/Santa Cruz Counties adults currently possess a degree, certificate or industry credential.

The Douglas Education Partnership Council believes in the importance of the community coming together and the significance of partnerships to achieve big goals and tackle large issues, such as those defined by the Progress Meter. To help students thrive in school and beyond, the Council will link the many interdependent parts of the system, including families, community members, school leaders and businesses through regular communications and common goals.