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The PPG Industries Foundation recently announced it has donated a total of $57,500 since 2011 to seven organizations supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives in the Carolinas. The grants were made on behalf of three manufacturing sites in PPG Industries’ fiber glass business—the Shelby and Lexington, N.C., facilities and the Chester, S.C., plant.
In Shelby, an $18,000 grant to the Cleveland Community College Foundation reportedly helped purchase a 25-seat license for MATLAB®technical computing software used throughout Cleveland Community College’s STEM discipline areas, and a $12,500 grant to North Carolina State University supported an engineering fair held at the PPG Shelby facility in October 2012. An $8,000 grant to the Davidson County Community College near Lexington supported a week-long STEM camp for rising fourth to eighth graders this past July.
In Chester, a $5,000 grant to Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute has reportedly helped expand the organization’s 4-H robotics program into a full 4-H engineering program for Chester County. In addition, the Chester County Career Center and the Applied Technology Center each received a $5,000 grant to purchase eight robotics kits for use in their Project Lead the Way and mechatronics programs. In addition, two grants to Saluda Trail Middle School supported STEM programs—one of $3,000 for the Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) Program, and one of $1,000 for the Green STEM recycling program.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where it has a presence, especially through educational programs that encourage students to pursue technology-related studies and careers,” said Tom Kerr, PPG vice president, Fiber Glass. “We are very pleased to provide support for these initiatives, which are helping develop our industry’s future scientists, engineers and technology specialists.”
For additional information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.