Worthington to join ACCE’s Fellowship for Education Attainment

Fond du
Lac, WI
– Melissa
Worthington, vice president of the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce
(AC), has been selected as an Education Attainment Fellow as part of a
promising initiative led by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
(ACCE). This fellowship is for chamber executives and senior staff working to
improve the birth-to-career education pipeline in their communities.


“We have
been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to this high-end leadership
training initiative and the high caliber of applicants,” said Mick Fleming,
president of ACCE. “This latest step in our strategy to engage businesses in
education attainment will maximize the linkage between education and economic
development goals.”


Worthington will join a cohort of 22 chamber
peers for an immersive education and workforce development experience involving
best practices in education attainment, case studies of successes and failures,
interaction with national experts and building a strong peer-to-peer network.
Throughout the fellowship, Worthington will be
developing and executing a specific regional action plan to meet the Fond du Lac community’s
educational attainment objectives.


Worthington was selected based on her passion
for strengthening the talent pipeline and improving regional education and
workforce development outcomes. Selected fellows represent chambers and
associations that are currently engaged in policy, programs and systems reform
efforts across the birth-to-career spectrum that serve to prepare a skilled and
globally competitive workforce.


As vice
president of the AC, Worthington currently
assists in the direction of all aspects of the Association as well as directs
the work of Fond du Lac Works – a division of
the AC which addresses issues impacting workforce development, attraction and
retention in the Fond du Lac
community.  Worthington has an extensive background in
tourism-related marketing, economic research, project management and advocacy.


continued advances of Fond du Lac Works are
creating a hotbed of opportunity right here in Fond du Lac,
not to mention attracting national attention,” explained Worthington. “It is an honor to be selected
for this opportunity and I am eager to begin sharing ideas and developing new
initiatives that will continue to move Fond
du Lac


fellowship program serves to advance chambers’ previously defined education
attainment goals with the understanding that they will ultimately help ACCE and
their peers around the country build replicable programs and policies.  For more information about ACCE’s Education
Attainment Division visit: