Hendersonville, N.C., August 12, 2020 – Since 2017, Community Foundation of Henderson County has supported the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development’s Made in Henderson County Program through their Community Grantmaking. The Foundation has provided grants totaling $35,000 to help advance Made in Henderson County’s mission of increasing visibility and awareness of local manufacturing careers among Henderson County high school students.
“Made in Henderson County is a unique program, and our town is fortunate to have it in our own backyard,” says Community Foundation President/CEO McCray V. Benson. “At the Foundation, part of our work is supporting programs that are reaching and educating our future generations. We want them to have ample opportunities to explore the multitude of possibilities that are out there and providing grants for Made in Henderson County is a way we’re able to fulfil that role of supporting our local students’ futures.”
Made in Henderson County is a coordinated effort to explore all possibilities for future successes of young people. In particular, this program connects manufacturing businesses and the Henderson County Public School system. Grants from Community Foundation supports Made in Henderson County’s development efforts of local students.
“The Community Foundation has been an integral part of Made in Henderson County’s efforts to raise the visibility of manufacturing careers in our community, said Brittany Brady, President & CEO of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development. “Their support enabled us to evolve and expand our scope of work and introduce new programming. Our partnership with the Community Foundation helped Made in Henderson County become recognized as a best practice in workforce development across the state.”
Since 2012, more than 7,000 students from Henderson County Public Schools have participated in Made in Henderson County through industry tours, career readiness workshops, job fairs, and the Made in Henderson County Apprenticeship Program.