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Home Depot’s big pledge to Georgia trades program

Bernie Marcus, Arthur Blank and the Home Depot Foundation have pledged $5.7 million to CEFGA.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Home Depot Foundation has announced a three-year investment of $1.9 million to the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA).

The CEFGA’s K12 Pipeline initiative offers career training in the public school system to prepare students for a career in the trades upon graduation. Students can benefit from new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) initiatives.

The Home Depot co-founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank have also committed to the K12 Pipeline with two additional three-year commitments of $1.9 million provided by their foundations.

This is the first ever partnership between these three organizations, creating a total combined investment of $5.7 million that will help close the skilled labor gap.

“We’re thrilled to take this next step in our trades training program,” said Heather Prill, senior manager of strategic partnerships for The Home Depot Foundation. “Our mission through this partnership is to provide options and opportunities for youth across Georgia. This program will prepare students to be career-ready and support economic advancement. We look forward to the long-lasting impact to come from our combined efforts.”

This investment is part of The Home Depot Foundation’s $50 million commitment to train 20,000 tradespeople to fill the industry pipeline by 2028 and help replenish the industry.

 

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