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Columbia, Greenville-based Junior Achievement to combine

Staff Report //April 28, 2020//

Columbia, Greenville-based Junior Achievement to combine

Staff Report //April 28, 2020//

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Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina, based in Columbia, and Greenville-based Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina are consolidating on July 1.

The organizations served a combined 24,406 students last year in 41 counties, according to a news release, and aim to increase that impact with the merger.

The new organization will retain the Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina name and have districts in the Upstate, Midlands and Lowcountry. Each district will have its own board of directors, with representatives also serving on a combined governing board.

 Casey Pash, president of JA of Greater South Carolina, will serve as president and CEO of the combined organization.

“We are confident that bringing these two strong and thriving organizations together will create unprecedented opportunities to make a positive difference across the state of South Carolina in terms of providing the skills students need for their future success, offering employers a better prepared workforce, and partnering with school districts to develop supplemental educational experiences to help students be career ready,” Pash said in the release.

Last December, Connie Lanzl announced she would retire in June after 10 years as president of JA of Upstate South Carolina.

“After assessing all organizational options, the boards of both organizations agreed that consolidating into one South Carolina entity is the best path to enhance the reach and impact of JA across the entire state of South Carolina,” Gary Bernardez, Upstate board chair, said.

Founded in 1919, Junior Achievement is a global nonprofit dedicated to providing young people knowledge and skills for economic and academic success. Its programs, delivered by corporate and community volunteers, provide hands-on experience for students from kindergarten through high school in areas including financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship in 106 U.S. markets and 100 other countries.