PPG donates $5,000 to Ohio State Women in Engineering Program for girls’ camp

Chemical engineering-focused camp for girls entering ninth grade to be held June 18-22


For a second consecutive year, the PPG Industries Foundation donated $5,000 to the Women in Engineering (WiE) Program at The Ohio State University to support the WiE CHEER (CHEmical Engineering Rocks!) summer program for girls about to enter ninth grade. Dave Moss, plant manager of PPG Industries’ automotive coatings manufacturing facility in Circleville, Ohio, and three other PPG employees visited the Ohio State campus to see last year’s program participants, shown here, make their final project presentations. The grant helps cover materials and activity costs for the five-day non-residential program, scheduled for June 18-22, 2012, which will include a visit to PPG’s coatings manufacturing plant in Delaware, Ohio.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 8, 2012 – The PPG Industries Foundation once again donated $5,000 to the Women in Engineering (WiE) Program at The Ohio State University to support the WiE CHEER (CHEmical Engineering Rocks!) summer day camp for girls about to enter ninth grade. For a second consecutive year, a grant was made on behalf of PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive coatings manufacturing facility in Circleville, Ohio, and this year camp participants will visit PPG’s coatings manufacturing facility in Delaware, Ohio.

“We are grateful for PPG’s continuing support of the WiE CHEER program,” said Shawna Fletcher, associate director of outreach for The Ohio State University. “Corporations participating in the program offer young women a chance to learn about real-world chemical engineering practices at a crucial point in their educational trajectory, as they are about to start high school. The students also learn about chemical engineering research areas and concepts that back up their observations of practicing chemical engineers.”

The PPG grant helps cover materials and activity costs for the five-day program, which will be held June 18-22 this year. Each morning, WiE CHEER participants leave campus to visit area businesses where chemical engineers offer glimpses of their careers. This year, one of those businesses will be the PPG coatings manufacturing facility in Delaware, Ohio. Upon returning to campus each day, the girls engage in hands-on activities that introduce them to chemical engineering concepts, conducting experiments and projects as if they were practicing chemical engineers.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where it has a presence, especially through programs that encourage youths, and girls in particular, to pursue technology-related education,” said Dave Moss, PPG plant manager at the company’s Circleville plant. “We are excited to support Ohio State’s WiE CHEER program once again and help interest participants in pursuing chemical engineering careers. It’s exciting to visit the camp and meet young women who may be the future faces of the chemical industry.”

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 employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.

About the Women in Engineering Program at The Ohio State University
The Women in Engineering Program at The Ohio State University works to increase the number of women earning degrees in engineering. Through partnerships with alumni, corporations, and community and educational organizations, WiE develops innovative and exciting programming to introduce girls and women to the wide variety of careers and opportunities available to engineers. In creating a supportive and inclusive culture, WiE encourages students to reach their full potential as future engineering professionals. For more about the 2012 WiE CHEER camp and other WiE program efforts, visit wie.osu.edu.

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