Regions Foundation Funds Workforce Development Program for 45 Hamilton County Participants

The Skill Up Program Provides Six Weeks Of Training In Manufacturing, Customer Service And Information Technology.

Will there be a shift to technical occupations in 2021?

Hamilton County, TN – The Regions Foundation donated $90,000 to continue the Skill Up workforce development program for 45 people.

The Skill Up program provides six weeks of training in advanced manufacturing, customer service and information technology.

The first three weeks consists of learning the new skills, and the last 3 weeks consist of on-the-job application of those skills.

“The Skill Up program is exactly what our community needs to increase the earning potential and quality of life of people who are unemployed or underemployed,” said Rebecca Ashford, Ed.D., president, Chattanooga State Community College.

“In a very short period, participants obtain valuable skills that employers need to meet their workforce demands. That means participants will get good jobs at the end of this short-term training.”

The Chattanooga Chamber Foundation and Regions Foundation made the announcement today for the continued funding, which will go to those hit hardest by unemployment in Hamilton County.

The Regions Foundation is an Alabama-based 501(c)(3) organization funded primarily through Regions Bank contributions.

The Foundation seeks to advance community initiatives that prioritize financial wellness, education and workforce readiness, and economic and community development.

“By providing classroom training and on-the-job experience in vital industries like manufacturing and IT, Skill Up is not only transforming careers, it’s transforming lives. Regions is proud to support this program, especially during a time when so many people and employers have experienced challenges amid the pandemic.”, said Michael Mathis, Chattanooga Marketing Executive of Regions Bank.

The workforce program services are meant to reach areas of long-term high unemployment and is specifically targeting East Chattanooga.

Ensuring that these struggling areas have access to technical skills will be essential going into 2021.

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