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.

Visit www.greenvillechamber.org for more information.

Written by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.