The Charleston Chamber Foundation, through the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, along with Educate, Empower and Elevate Foundation (E3) and Roper St. Francis Healthcare have been selected to receive an $8.4 million grant through the Good Jobs Challenge funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. This project is one of 32 Good Jobs Challenge grantees, from a competitive pool of 509 applicants, to receive funding.
The Good Jobs Challenge, administered by the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, brings together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to provide in demand skills training that leads to good-paying jobs and jobs that lead to better economic mobility for historically marginalized communities. Through the grant, the Chamber, E3 and Roper St. Francis will ignite inclusive and equitable workforce growth within the healthcare industry.
Through the grant, the three partners will develop the Lowcountry Careers Collaborative in Healthcare, an equity-centered, employer-led approach that builds upon existing regional training systems to offer pathways to higher level careers. This will be accomplished by:
Efforts will initially focus on the healthcare sector; however, the infrastructure is being established to add on additional sectors in the future.
Healthcare is a vital and important industry for our community. Earnings per job in healthcare in our region average $73,993, a wage 66% higher than the median household income for African American families in 2019. Of healthcare postings in 2021, 82% did not list a requirement for a bachelor’s degree. This signals a significant opportunity for targeted engagement of individuals without a college degree.
The Lowcountry Careers Collaborative in Healthcare is designed to bridge historic gaps in employment representation by training a diverse coalition of healthcare workers. Partnering with E3 will ensure the program is inclusive to populations that have historically been excluded from accessing quality career pathways in the local healthcare industry. Roper St. Francis will serve as the leading employer and backbone organization to identify real skills needs and facilitate job placements.
“By integrating industry in every step of the talent development process, these awardees are focused on supporting underserved communities in diverse areas across the country, helping to remove systemic barriers for workers and connecting employers with the trained workforce they need to grow and sustain competitive local economies,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Castillo.
The Good Jobs Challenge is part of a suite of American Rescue Plan programs developed by EDA to equitably distribute its $3 billion allocation to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build a better America by accelerating economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building more resilient, shockproof local economies.
Charleston Metro Chamber Media Contact:
Erin Aylor, SVP of Marketing
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E3 Media Contact:
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Roper St. Francis Healthcare Media Contact:
Andy Lyons, Director of Corporate Communications & Content Strategy
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About the Charleston Metro Chamber: With approximately 1,600 member organizations representing 160,000 professionals, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce serves as the collective voice of the business community, and a catalyst for regional economic advancement and member success through Talent, Advocacy, Leadership and Business Development. Visit charlestonchamber.org.
About Educate, Empower and Elevate Foundation (E3): E3: Educate, Empower, Elevate Foundation, is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to ensure those most impacted by inequities are educated, empowered, and elevated to exercise their agency collectively in the South. E3 works to educate Black and Brown families through culturally competent, relevant, and sustainable engagement, to empower through the coalition building of Black and Brown led-organizations, leaders, educators, children, and families, and to elevate Black and Brown communities to act in their power and purpose. E3’s guiding principle is that those most impacted by systemic inequities – people of color – must be at the center of all decision-making. It is not only their North Star but is fundamental to their approach. E3 Founding Partners are Black women, with 55 years of collective cross-sector experience, who are competent, committed, community-minded, and have experience across sectors including non-profit, advocacy, corporates, and public education. They provide a voice to those closest to the problem and most impacted.
About Roper St. Francis Healthcare: As the area’s only private not-for-profit healthcare system, Roper St. Francis Healthcare chooses purpose over profits by putting our extra money back into our system to help meet the health needs of our community. The largest healthcare system features four flagship hospitals: Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital and Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital. In an emergency, the healthcare system offers six strategically placed ERs. With roughly 6,000 teammates, RSFH is the Lowcountry’s largest private employer with nearly 1,000 doctors representing almost every medical specialty. RSFH’s 657-bed system consists of 117+ facilities and services across five counties.