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Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) and the Midlands Education Business Alliance have formed a partnership to provide students with insight into the importance of civic engagement and the impact it can have on professional careers.

According to a press release, the two nonprofit groups share a goal of attracting, retaining and engaging talent in the region while continuing to support and grow the local talent pipeline. COR will provide MEBA a creative, fun and relatable civic focused portion to the MEBA led student field studies that introduce students to possible career options in the Midlands.

“Collaboration makes it happen, Mary Snipes, executive director of MEBA, said in a statement. “We provide the professional connection to emerging talent and COR brings the cool to school. Students want to be grown up, let’s show them the big picture of career, volunteer and love your Midlands. Let’s create the talent we seek.”

COR is composed of more than 300 professionals in the Midlands representing 25 industries. Members range from undergraduate students to professionals.

MEBA has worked since 1990 in promoting education and business connections, foster community collaboration, answer workforce needs, promote economic development and enhance the quality of life in the Midlands.

The partnership is scheduled to begin September 2017, and serve students participating in field studies throughout Richland and Lexington counties.  

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