iFiveK proceeds going to education, entrepreneurship

Proceeds from the 2012 iFiveK downtown Charleston run are going to support education and entrepreneurship programming at public institutions in the Charleston area.

This year's event raised $12,000.

The iFive:K, an annual event capped at 750 participants, aims to bring together Charleston's knowledge-based business community for a run and networking.

With the Digital Corridor's workforce development strategy focused on high-wage job growth, specific commitments have already been made by the Digital Corridor to include the "Women in Charge" program at the Charleston County School District.

"The influence of the Digital Corridor's businesses working with Women in Charge students has opened up new possibilities to them. This year, they began with little or no understanding of the business and technological world. My students are now seeking out opportunities and asking about ways to take courses in programming, creating apps, engineering solutions to problems they see. They have become empowered knowing there is a place for them in the digital business world."

Today, the Digital Corridor is also pleased to announce of six scholarships for students from public schools interested in pursuing computer code classes through the CODEcamp initiative beginning May 14
th , 2012. "Since there is no age limit for the year-round CODEcamp, students from high school to college are welcome to apply for the classes," said Ernest Andrade, Digital Corridor Director.