The Chamber is dedicated to fostering a strong connection between education and businesses, preparing our students for the dynamic demands of the modern workforce. Through strategic partnerships and innovative programs, we aim to Develop, Align, and Retain the exceptional talent within San Marcos and Hays County.

  • Bridging the Gap: Facilitate collaboration between educational institutions and industry stakeholders to ensure that curriculum and training align with current and future workforce demands.
  • Career Exploration: Provide resources and opportunities for students to explore career pathways aligned with the needs of our local businesses.
  • Talent Development: Support talent development initiatives that enhance the skills and capabilities of our future workforce.

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Youth Leadership Program:

Our program offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to develop leadership skills while gaining insights into the San Marcos community and the future workplace.

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S.T.E.A.M. Fair:

Held at San Marcos High School, the S.T.E.A.M. Fair showcases local businesses and employment opportunities in STEM careers, inspiring students to pursue paths in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Summer Externship Program:

The Chamber facilitates summer externships for SMCISD teachers, allowing them to gain firsthand experience in local businesses and integrate real-life business practices into their curriculum.

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Education & Workforce Development Summit:

An annual event for the business community, co-hosted with GSMP, providing insights from key leaders and updates on institutional and regional developments in education and workforce development.

Get Involved:

We invite businesses to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our region’s workforce. By partnering with us, you can contribute to the development and retention of talent within San Marcos and Hays County.

For more information on our Education Initiatives or to explore partnership opportunities, please contact Education & Talent Pipeline Development Director Liz Castañeda at

Thank you to these generous 2024 SEED Sponsors!