The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


July 1, 2014

Editorial: City of Anderson's grant to Impact Center targets jobs, education

Jobs and education go hand in hand for economic development in Anderson. Local residents need the latter to get the former.

That’s why the recent announcement that the city of Anderson will provide a $48,000 grant to the Anderson Impact Center for a program to help train and place as many as 45 workers is good news.

The funding will come from the city’s food and beverage tax and will be used to reimburse the Impact Center on a per-person basis after training is completed.

The Impact Center, located in the former Robinson Elementary School at Nichol Avenue and John Street, was founded by local activists Earlie Dixon and James Streeter to provide education, job readiness and small business development, particularly to address the interests of economically depressed areas of the community.

The recently announced agreement with the city will last through the end of the year and will provide education, training and job placement for Impact Center clients enrolled in certified nursing assistant, pharmacy technician and cleaning programs.

The training will include internships, as well as tutoring in job interviews and resume writing.

As government funding goes, $48,000 isn’t a lot of money. But it can go a long way toward addressing a community need in a targeted program like this one.

For Anderson, economic development is all about jobs and education — and this collaboration addresses both.

More online For a related news article, search for "Anderson Impact Center."

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