Nashville is one of six cities slated to receive $7 million from JPMorgan Chase to support career pathways for underrepresented students, the company announced Tuesday.
The commitment is part of JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills at Work investment, one branch of the company’s $350 million, five-year global initiative that aims to meet a growing demand for skilled workers, according to a news release from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
In Nashville, the New Skills Ready program will support underrepresented students from four Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools high schools as they transition to Nashville State Community College, where they will earn credentials or degrees in anticipation of entering the workforce.
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“Nashville has built a strong foundation for career and technical education,” Erika Wright, head of philanthropy for JP Morgan Chase in Tennessee, said in the news release. “This investment will expand and enhance that important work to provide high-quality career pathways to students who had been left behind in Nashville’s powerful economic transformation.”
Whites Creek, Pearl-Cohn, Maplewood and Overton high schools will be the project’s initial focus. Each of these schools serves high concentrations of economically disadvantaged students and students of color, according to the release.
The New Skills Ready program aims to address and reduce barriers to education and employment that these students face, including systemic inequality and barriers to post-secondary opportunities and work-based learning, allowing students to pursue non-traditional pathways to high-demand careers.
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“Thanks to the support of JPMorgan Chase, we can provide even greater opportunities and pathways for our students so that they can leave high school and be prepared to succeed in our growing economy,” MNPS Director Adrienne Battle stated in the release. “Our partnerships with Nashville State and the Nashville Chamber will help to show our students their unlimited potential if they work hard and focus on their future success.”
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce will steward the program in cooperation with multiple state and local partners in both public and private sectors.
- Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
- Nashville State Community College
- Middle Tennessee State University
- The Scarlett Family Foundation
- The Tennessee Department of Education
- The Tennessee Higher Education Commission
- The Tennessee Board of Regents
- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
In addition to Nashville, Denver, Dallas, Boston, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio will receive funds as part of the New Skills Ready program.
Cassandra Stephenson covers business at The Tennessean, part of the USA Today Network — Tennessee. Reach Cassandra at [email protected] or at (731) 694-7261. Follow Cassandra on Twitter at @CStephenson731.
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