Charleston Metro Chamber receives $25,000 grant from Bank of America


The Lead CHS Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America in support of its Career Academies.   File photo

Charleston Metro Chamber’s Lead CHS Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America in support of its Career Academies.

Career Academies are career-themed schools within high schools, in which the learning setting echoes the character and expectations of the 21st-century workplace.

The funds will further the Career Academy program and kickstart a new Talent Advancement Cabinet that will be comprised of industry experts in varying fields to form a higher degree of partnership among schools, businesses and industry.

“We are excited about what is to come for our Career Academies program,” Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bryan Derreberry said. “With this generous grant from Bank of America, we are able to provide the most practical and approachable way for students to explore and experience what it’s like to work in an industry or job in the future, furthering our initiative to educate our local talent to fill high-demand jobs in our region.”

The Chamber will collaborate with district leaders to boost the adoption of the career academy model in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester County to give all regional students the opportunity to explore curriculum and careers while still in high school.

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