E2E Partners began as an initiative to ensure that long-range plans and educational programs for the Coastal Bend area complemented the functioning of the entire system of public education, extending from early childhood though postgraduate study. The regional P-16 Council, Coastal Bend Partners for College and Career Readiness, formed in 2007. The term “P-16” refers to programs extending from early childhood education, or “Prekindergarten” through the 4th year of a Bachelor’s degree, “16.” P-16 councils were mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to advance regional efforts to target, design and implement systemic actions to establish college-going habits and traditions in middle and high schools, particularly to increase Hispanic college participation and completion rates.
Citizens for Educational Excellence (CEE), a 501© 3 non-profit was established in 2003 by the Corpus Christ Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation to serve as a catalyst to bring people, resources, and information together to create an outstanding education system for our community. In 2009 CEE became the fiscal agent for the P-16 Council.
In 2013 the name of the Council was changed to Education to Employment Partners (E2E) to better reflect the work of the Council. In 2015 CEE agreed to serve as the governing board of E2E and continues to serve in that capacity today.
E2E Partners serves all educational entities in the area defined as Education Service Center Region 2, which includes the counties of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, and San Patricio.