PPG donates $57,500 for STEM-related education in fiber glass plant communities
Funds support college, community programs near three fiber glass facilities
PITTSBURGH, March 19, 2013 – The PPG Industries Foundation 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’ (NYSE:PPG) fiber glass business – the Shelby and Lexington facilities in North Carolina and the Chester plant in South Carolina.
A $12,500 PPG Industries Foundation grant to North Carolina State University supported the October 2012 “Making It Work” Engineering & Manufacturing Fair held at the PPG Shelby fiber glass manufacturing facility, which welcomed about 150 high school students and 15 companies and colleges in addition to PPG. During the fair, N.C. State conducted a competition in which student teams, such as the ones shown here, constructed miniature wind turbines from office products.
PPG Chester Plant Manager Al Reid (far left) presents a $5,000 check helping the Clemson University Youth Learning Institute expand the 4-H robotics program for Chester County into a full 4-H engineering program to Robin Currence, Chester County 4-H coordinator, Laurie Lewis, Chester County 4-H, and Howard Brown, director of grants for the Clemson Youth Learning Institute.
PPG Chester Plant Manager Al Reid presents a check for $3,000 in support of the Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) Program at Saluda Trail Middle School to teachers Kelli Mew, Aimee Tracy and LaChanda Hare.
These three student teams won a robot-programming competition on the last day of Davidson County Community College's first-ever STEM Camp, supported by a PPG Industries Foundation grant made on behalf of PPG's Lexington, N.C., fiber glass manufacturing facility.
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In Shelby, an $18,000 grant to the Cleveland Community College Foundation helped purchase a 25-seat license for MATLAB(R) 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 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. Also, 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.”
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.
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