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Be Pro Be Proud Georgia; a comprehensive initiative that connects students around the state to high-demand, high-paying careers; recently announced it is the recipient of a $600,000 grant from the Marcus Foundation.

Launched in July 2020, Be Pro Be Proud Georgia is aimed at changing the perception of the skilled professions by linking career opportunities, training and where to find jobs through an interactive website and hands-on mobile workshop. The Marcus Foundations generous two-year investment will help Be Pro Be Proud continue to work statewide, attracting talent to Georgia's high-demand industry sectors and changing public perception about these valuable careers.

The Marcus Foundation is well known for its groundbreaking investments in initiatives that deliver unprecedented training opportunities and build a sustainable workforce.

“The path to success is not always paved with a four-year degree,” said Bernie Marcus, chairman of the Marcus Foundation. “A skill within the trades can lead to a lifelong, fulfilling career. From construction workers to commercial truck drivers, the skilled professions help build our world and keep our economy moving forward.”

The foundation’s early investment will begin solving one of this state’s greatest problems and influence widescale change. “The skills gap is a threat to economic growth, and the Marcus Foundation’s support will help this initiative close that gap,” said Marshall Day, Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) chairman and Be Pro Be Proud Georgia founding team member.

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Source: Around Woodstock