PPG donates $5,000 to Action Greensboro for continued support of program

Donation provides classroom supplies for hands-on STEM Early College

GREENSBORO, N.C., Dec. 12, 2013 – The PPG Industries Foundation announced a $5,000 donation to Action Greensboro for continued support of the STEM Early College program on the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A&T) campus. The STEM Early College program provides the opportunity for high school students in Guilford County Schools to take honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses from 9th to 12th grade and ultimately graduate from high school with two years of college credit toward a four-year degree. The grant was made on behalf of the PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) industrial coatings plant in Greensboro.

“In order to properly run the Early College program, students need access to tools that PPG’s donation enables us to supply,” said April Harris, executive director, Action Greensboro. “Specifically, the kits for hands-on activities are of utmost importance, as we recognize that STEM education is most successful when students develop personal connections with the ideas and excitement of STEM fields.”

The Early College’s curriculum focuses on developing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills sought by companies in related industries. Additionally, the program supplements classroom instruction with mentoring and internship opportunities from corporate partners. PPG’s donation will provide classroom equipment such as computer software and kits for hands-on activities, as well as training for teachers to assist in fully establishing and implementing the program.

“As a company dedicated to innovation and supporting communities where our employees work and live, PPG is pleased to help Action Greensboro provide high-level math and science courses to tomorrow’s STEM workforce,” said John Bradford, PPG plant manager at the Greensboro facility. “The students that will be accepted into this program are the ideal future candidates for PPG’s workforce, as they will receive top-tier education and abundant opportunities to supplement their classroom instruction.”

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 Action Greensboro
Action Greensboro is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2001 in response to the changing economy in Greensboro and the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Along with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, Action Greensboro is a member of the Greensboro Partnership, created in 2006 to increase the amount of capital investment in Greensboro and Guilford County and to help leverage the creation of high-technology, high-wage jobs through traditional economic development, programs to encourage business success, and initiatives to create a vibrant community. Action Greensboro solicits the ideas and concerns of Greensboro's citizens and leaders in business, higher education and municipal government and works with these constituents in a variety of ways to strengthen Greensboro's economy and ensure the continuation of its excellent quality of life.

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PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

 
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Contact:
K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications
412-434-2445
kmccrory@ppg.com
www.ppgfoundation.com 
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