Greenville Chamber Awarded $60,000 Grant From Power:Ed

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The Greenville Chamber Foundation has been awarded a $60,000 grant from Power:Ed in support of the Greenville Chamber’s work in increasing educational attainment among working age adults in Greenville County.  

The grant will support the hiring of a Career Navigator position at the Greenville Chamber. This individual will serve and assist adults in preparing for career transitions by helping them understand their postsecondary options and developing a plan to obtain a certification, credential, or degree. 

The Greenville Chamber through its economic development initiative, Accelerate, has spearheaded an effort to ensure that 60% of adults aged 25-64 have a high-quality, post-secondary certificate, credential, or degree. Greenville County currently sits at 45.7% of adults with an associates degree or higher. The Career Navigator position will be the linchpin in launching this important work.  

“Power:Ed, a philanthropy of SC Student Loan Corporation, is proud to support the Greenville Chamber Foundation and its vital work to dramatically increase local education attainment levels and prepare a pipeline of skilled talent for SC employers,” said Power:Ed Director Claire Gibbons. “We are excited by the potentially transformative impact of this pilot program.” 

In the first two quarters of FY2022-23, Power:Ed awarded 12 grants to South Carolina education and career readiness nonprofits, including Greenville Chamber Foundation, totaling over $450,000. Grants are administered quarterly, and the next grant funding deadline is January 1, 2023. 

The Greenville Chamber expects to fill the Career Navigator position in early 2023.

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Written by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.