Top talent is today’s competitive differentiator, and in the race for talent, producing and retaining our region’s workforce will differentiate us from other global metros. The Chamber, along with our partners throughout the region, is ensuring that Charleston will be at the forefront of communities succeeding in the talent race.
Accelerate Greater Charleston 2 scholarship recipients, students who would have otherwise not had the opportunity to pursue higher education, will each receive a scholarship for $1000 per semester (or $2,000 per year) to Trident Technical College for up to two years to obtain a degree in one of our region’s high-demand career sectors.
In 2014, scholarships were awarded to 12 Career Academy students, funded through Accelerate Greater Charleston (AGC), the Chamber’s five-year regional investment strategy to accelerate progress and achievements in Talent, Innovation and Advocacy.
Career Academy students are able to apply for AGC scholarships which provide finds toward the students’ two-year tuition and books at Trident Technical College to earn an Associate’s Degree in their career field, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Business and IT, Culinary/Hospitality and Health Sciences. In spring of 2015, the Chamber awarded 15 AGC scholarships.
In spring of 2017, 25 students from the region’s Career Academies were awarded scholarships to Trident Tech from the Charleston Metro Chamber, made possible by the 102 businesses who have invested in Accelerate Greater Charleston. To date, 127 AGC Scholarships have been awarded to local high school students.