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Pictured L to R: GCF Executive Director Cheryl Garrison, Greenville Chamber Career Navigator Benedicte Eades, Power:Ed Executive Director Claire Gibbons, and TalentRiseGVL participants

Greenville, SC - April 15, 2024 - Power:Ed, the philanthropy of SC Student Loan Corporation, awarded the Greenville Chamber Foundation a $40,000 grant in support of TalentRiseGVL, the Greenville Chamber’s program that increases education attainment for Greenville County’s working-age adults by assisting their efforts to earn a certification, credential or degree.

The Greenville Chamber has spearheaded an effort to ensure that 60% of Greenville County adults aged 25-64 have a high-quality, post-secondary certificate, credential, or degree tied to meaningful employment and economic mobility. Under the banner, TalentRiseGVL, this work officially launched in 2023. TalentRiseGVL serves and assists adults in navigating barriers to education and career transitions by helping them understand their post-secondary options and developing a plan to obtain a certification, credential or degree.

Greenville County currently sits at 50.6% of adults with an associate degree or higher. Power:Ed’s funding will support TalentRiseGVL in executing strategies to connect employers, incumbent workers and other adults seeking educational opportunities.

“Power:Ed is proud to support Greenville Chamber’s TalentRiseGVL program for its second year! Boosting educational attainment for workers is critical to boosting their economic mobility and expanding their career opportunities,” said Power:Ed Executive Director Claire Gibbons.  

“The work that Power:Ed is funding will have a transformative and lasting impact on lives across our region,” said Cheryl Garrison, Greenville Chamber Foundation Executive Director. “Equipping individuals with the skills needed to succeed in our increasingly global economy will further strengthen our workforce and bolster our local economy.”

In FY2023-24 Power:Ed will award $1,000,000 in grants to South Carolina education and career readiness nonprofit organizations. In its fiscal third quarter, Power:Ed has awarded five grants, including this grant to the Greenville Chamber. Grants are administered quarterly, and the next grant funding deadline is July 1, 2024.

The Greenville Chamber, now in its 135th year of operation, is the largest business organization in Upstate South Carolina with over 1400 Investors supporting the vision of a globally competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper. For information, visit

Founded in 2019, Power:Ed, the philanthropy of SC Student Loan Corporation is dedicated to creating opportunities for South Carolina’s youth and adults by supporting low-income, minority, and first-generation students; improving access to college and degree completion; and creating pathways to quality workforce opportunities. Non-profit organizations serving middle school through post-college talent who are interested in applying for a grant or partnering with Power:Ed, should visit

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