By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Main Line Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a grant that will help college and grad students get the training they need to be ready on their first day in the workforce.

The gift from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation was announced this week at the Technology Jobs Summit at Cabrini College.

Chamber President Bernie Dagenais says the $75,000 will be used to grow the group’s Talent and Education Network:

“Over the last few years, the Chamber has been rolling out internship consulting services to companies, and this is really going to allow us to expand the number of internships we can offer over the next year, which is really exciting for us.”

One of the services they offer is helping participants develop so-called “soft skills” –the ability to communicate, receive feedback, and dress appropriately — understanding that there’s a certain way to act in a work environment.

“We’re primarily focused on trying to make sure that the companies that are trying to grow in this region have the talent they need,” Dagenais says, “and by concentrating on the needs of the companies, we’re helping colleges and universities that want to make sure that their students get jobs — and by the way, parents care a lot about this as well.”

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