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The PPG Industries Foundation has donated a total of $57500 since 2011 to seven organisations 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’ fibre glass business – the Shelby and Lexington facilities in North Carolina, US, and the Chester plant in South Carolina, US.
In Shelby, an $18000 grant to the Cleveland Community College Foundation helped purchase a 25-seat license for MATLAB technical computing software used throughout Cleveland Community College’s STEM discipline areas, and a $12500 grant to North Carolina State University supported an engineering fair held at the PPG Shelby facility in October 2012.
An $8000 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 $5000 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 $5000 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 $3000 for the Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) Program, and one of $1000 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, fibre 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. The 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 non-profit organizations.
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