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Bank of America Foundation recently donated $3,000 to increase the employability of students enrolled in Cape Fear Community College Business Technology Programs and the Career Readiness Certificate program.  The funds will help low to moderate-income students living in New Hanover and Pender Counties achieve industry certifications needed for employment.

Sixty-five percent of students who successfully complete the coursework in one program area in Business Technology Programs are unable to pay for their certification examinations.  Industry certifications give students a marketability edge and increase their chances of employment.

Melissa Watson, the Chair of the Business Technology Department, said, “These highly regarded certifications enhance our students’ employability considering our area’s competitive job outlook.”

The Career Readiness Certificate attests that applicants have passed an ACT exam displaying business proficiency in reading, applied math and logic, skill sets required for jobs at various levels and in many fields. The certificate is recognized nationally and in the state of North Carolina as a valuable hiring tool.

Bank of America is committed to helping develop strong leaders in communities, whether is it through corporate, public, or the nonprofit sectors.  “Our programs help support individuals and nonprofits, which ultimately leads to economic advancement in communities both large and small.”

 

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