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Five $50,000 grants and two $25,000 grants were distributed.
The new endeavor is part of the company's wider commitment to assist smaller businesses.
$20 million of the funding will be set aside for scholarships, mentorships and internships for low-income students and students from underrepresented backgrounds.
President Biden called for the legislation to be passed in his address to Congress this week.
Keane began her career in a $5.50 an hour job at a collections call center.
Synchrony did not provide a timeline on when the new card will be introduced.
The first funding initiative will support Bridgeport Public Schools teachers.
Customers that receive a Harbor Freight Credit Card can earn 10% off their first purchase.
A $2 million grant is being provided to Local Initiatives Support Corp.
"Our state has great opportunities for young people and we need to make every effort to keep them here," says Gov. Ned Lamont.
The city’s labor force grew by over 800 people in 2019, and is the largest in the state with 71,758 workers.
The new card is slated to be made available in the first half of this year.
“Our systems don’t talk to each other enough, nor are we talking enough to the businesses where our students will ultimately seek employment,” Lamont said. “The status quo will no longer do." Council members include top executives at Bigelow Tea, Synchrony, and AQR Capital Management.
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