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Inspire A Career connects professionals to schools for career days

Finding professionals to attend a career day can be no easy feat for school leaders. But thanks to a local initiative, educators now can rely on a web-based platform called Inspire A Career.

As part of the Leadership SC program, Stephen Murray and his team created the technology tool to connect the private sector with public education.

“We heard from several superintendents and educators who expressed a greater need to have professionals from the private sector engaged in our schools in order to expose students to the diversity of employment available in the world today,” said Murray, a Beaufort city councilman and owner of Kazoobie Kazoos.

Inspire a Career allows professionals to create a profile and set the distance they are willing to travel. Educators can send information about their career day events to all willing participants or use a filter option for specific career types.

Murray and the team raised $24,000 in four months to hire Charleston-based development firm Krit to build the website.

Within the next month, the site and any remaining funds will be donated to the nonprofit SC Future Minds, which has agreed to manage, promote and improve Inspire A Career.

Murray only asks that the Beaufort County community get involved.

“It is critical that we have a diverse group of professionals from across the state registered on the site before we release to the education community,” Murray said.

“You don’t have to be a great public speaker to participate; only talk about what many of us know best: our jobs.”

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