Charleston’s JA affiliate merges with Midlands chapter

A North Charleston group that has taught business skills to high school students for nearly half a century has merged with its Midlands peer, namely to reduce administrative expenses.

Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina and Junior Achievement of Coastal South Carolina said the change took effect Sept. 1.

The two nonprofit groups have been in existence for 47 years and 49 years, respectively.

The combined organization is based in Columbia.

The reason for the merger was to eliminate expenses associated with separate financial audits, tax filings and other administrative functions, said Casey Pash, president of Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina.

“Basically, we’re consolidating our back-office operations. ... We’re going to be able to stretch our dollars further in South Carolina,” she said Wednesday.

The coastal affilate serves nine counties, including Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley. It will retain a staffer for the region, Pash said.

“We will continue to deliver programs in the coastal communities. Students and teachers won’t see any change at all,” she said.

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Currently based near North Charleston City Hall, the coastal chapter is seeking a new office in the local area, Pash said.

Junior Achievement offers programs during and after school hours that focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.