PPG pledges $75,000 for new Adventures in Technology program in Michigan

Students showcase projects at Macomb Intermediate School District during pilot event

TROY, Mich., May 29, 2009 – The PPG Industries Foundation has pledged $75,000 to Catalyst Connection to support development of a new PPG Adventures in Technology program in the Greater Detroit area. During the pilot event for the newly-local program, students showcased their projects at the Macomb Intermediate School District on May 28.

PPG Adventures in Technology engages high school students in a 10-week hands-on project to design and build a product or re-engineer an existing product, process or system. By teaming with local companies, students learn about the career opportunities available in manufacturing, engineering, information technology, life sciences, finance and marketing.

This year’s teams included International Academy Central, Troy, Mich., and PPG Industries; International Academy West, White Lake, Mich., and Vicount Industries, Inc.; and International Academy Macomb, Clinton Township, Mich., and Lunar Industries, Inc. Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center partnered locally with PPG and Catalyst Connection for this pilot.

"We are very pleased to receive support from PPG to help establish the Adventures in Technology program in Michigan," said Scott Dietz, manager of workforce initiatives, Catalyst Connection. "The pilot for the program has been well-received in the greater Detroit region.”

For the past five years, this program has proven successful in Pittsburgh with participation from more than 50 companies and more than 1,000 students. “Students gain exposure to some really cool companies and see the relevance of the skills learned in the classroom,” Dietz said.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Cynthia Niekamp, vice president, automotive coatings, based at PPG’s automotive technology center in Troy. “We are proud to support this opportunity for students to foster teamwork, explore a variety of career possibilities and apply classroom knowledge to solve real-world problems using science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employee volunteerism and executives’ involvement with nonprofit organizations.

About Catalyst Connection
Catalyst Connection is a private, not-for-profit organization based in Pittsburgh. We provide consulting and training services to small-to-mid-size manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improved productivity. Through active collaboration with our clients and the manufacturing community at large, we contribute to the growth, vibrancy and ongoing robustness of manufacturing in our region.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

 

 

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Contact:
Jeremy Neuhart
PPG Corporate Communications
412-434-3046
neuhart@ppg.com

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