Charleston Chamber Foundation

Project Title: Lowcountry Healthcare Careers Collaborative
Region (applicant-defined)/State(s) or territory served: Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties in South Carolina
Phase (applicant-defined): System Development
Award Amount: $8,423,552
Key Industry / Industries: Healthcare
Contact: Adrian Cain, Executive Director; Barbara Stapleton, Program Officer, Lowcountry Career Collaboratives; [email protected]
Project Narrative (applicant submitted) (PDF)
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Healthcare is a vital industry to South Carolina’s Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. The Lowcountry Healthcare Careers Collaborative (LCC), developed by the Charleston Chamber Foundation, is a new healthcare sector partnership designed to bridge historic gaps in employment representation by training a diverse coalition of healthcare workers. This project aims to ignite inclusive and equitable growth in the region that is equally beneficial to local industry, economy, and workers. The Charlestown Chamber Foundation, through the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, is partnering with the Educate, Empower, and Elevate Foundation (E3), an advocacy organization led by Black women. E3 will work as an equal partner to ensure the program is inclusive of populations that have been historically excluded from accessing quality career pathways in the local healthcare industry. Roper St. Francis Healthcare, a local non-profit healthcare system with over 5,000 employees, will serve as the leading employer and backbone organization of the partnership in order to identify real skills needs and facilitate efficient job placements.

The project narrative included above is what was submitted by the applicants. The final EDA-approved scope of work may differ.