Barancik Foundation Awards CareerEdge Funding to Help Shape the Future of Our Workforce

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SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY AUG 14, 2020

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our economy, but the momentum of workforce development programs in our region remains strong. Through partnerships with 100 local businesses, CareerEdge has funded 329 internships for students to apply their knowledge outside the classroom this year. Internship outcomes from recent annual evaluation include: 94% of employers reported the internship added value to their organization, 94% of employers plan to offer additional internships and 64% of interns were hired at an average wage of $19.62/per hour.  This spring, COVID-19 dramatically impacted our workforce and education delivery systems. A $150,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has been used to offer salary reimbursement to employers for on-the-job training, provide internship and apprenticeship opportunities, and increase existing workforce talent in our region.

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