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SC Chamber Education & Workforce Development Foundation Receives Grant from Power:Ed

Author: Kaziah S. Howard, Vanessa Skipper

March 3, 2020


The impactful $75,000 grant will help expand the Foundation’s HBCU STEM Program

(Columbia, SC)- The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Development Foundation has received a $75,000 grant from Power:Ed, creating a significant opportunity for the Chamber Foundation to expand its HBCU STEM programming.

The grant will assist the Education & Workforce Foundation in increasing awareness of STEM-related companies to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Through presentations, on-campus workshops, and industry seminars, the Foundation introduces students to professional opportunities in STEM across the state. Additionally, the program subsidizes travel expenses and educational literature that advance the students’ STEM-related career objectives.

“We are so thankful to receive the Power:Ed grant to support the Chamber’s HBCU STEM Program. This grant creates a substantial impact for the students as they prepare to join the workforce. Consequently, this benefits business as we work to retain our diverse talent and fill high-need career fields.” said Ted Pitt, President & CEO of the SC Chamber of Commerce.

Power:Ed, a philanthropy of the SC Student Loan Corp., is dedicated to creating opportunities for South Carolina’s youth by support of low-income, minority, and first-generation students, improving access to college and degree completion, and creating pathways to quality workforce opportunities.

“We’re excited to be joining forces with the SC Chamber of Commerce Education & Workforce Development Foundation,” Power:Ed Director Sara Fisher says. “The work they’re doing helps provide bright futures for our state’s young adults.”

About the SC Chamber: The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is the State’s Champion for Business, with a vision to make South Carolina the best place in the nation to live, work, and do business. A statewide organization that promotes pro-job and business policies at the state and federal level, it brings together businesses across the state with coordinated strategies, trainings, committees, and events. With a unified voice, we can make the biggest impact. Our member insights shape the policies we write, and the agenda we promote at the State House. Learn more at www.scchamber.net.

About Power:Ed: Power:Ed gives grants to local nonprofits, colleges, and organizations that help South Carolina students succeed in school, their careers, and life. Applications are now being accepted for our next award cycle—if you’re interested in applying, or in partnering with us to help make an even deeper impact, visit power-ed.org.

 

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