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GCP affiliate receives $125K grant Cleveland Foundation grant to support workforce development

The Economic Growth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). has been awarded a $125,000 grant by the Cleveland Foundation to support the GCP’s new Pathway Partners program, which will connect the business community with education providers and students in developing Cleveland’s future workforce.

The Pathway Partners program will create a “one stop” physical and virtual destination to connect local students with internships and other out-of-school experiential learning opportunities through the GCP’s broad network of member businesses. In addition, Pathway Partners will provide employers experiential learning best practices and templates.

Pathway Partners also will partner with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) on a self-development and career exploration initiative called True2U, which will be phased in over three years to reach every CMSD eighth-grade student.

“The Greater Cleveland Partnership is pleased to be the lead business partner for True2U as part of the launch of our Pathway Partners initiatives,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

“Our members—whether they’re small, mid-sized or large companies—continue to tell us that attracting and keeping top talent is a significant challenge. This is true for a variety of industries. Clearly, nurturing and developing home-grown talent is one solution.”

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