PPG donates $15,000 CUL science, tech program

PPG donates $15,000 to CUL for science, tech program

9:20 AM, 9th December 2016

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, US: The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $15,000 to the Chicago Urban League (CUL) to support the organization’s science, technology, engineering and math out-of-school program and summer camp for middle-school students, Project Ready.

The donation was made on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings facilities in Batavia and Aurora, Illinois, near Chicago.

Project Ready involves African-American students in deprived communities in Chicago, offering them access to quality training in science and technology fields. The 12-week rotation includes in-class presentations and field trips that prepare students to work as a team, solve complex problems, communicate and think critically. Students can also interact with African-American professionals in science, technology and mathematics careers and actively participate in career exploration.

“As a global innovator in paints and coatings, PPG is dedicated to continued innovation in science and technology because it is at the core of what we do. We are glad to work with the Chicago Urban League and strengthen the pipeline for technical careers with students at a young age,” said Hank Saunders, PPG plant manager, Batavia.

“The Chicago Urban League is committed to growing and maintaining the pipeline of qualified talent for science, technology, engineering and math careers, and with the help of PPG, we’re proud to continue the Project Ready program. This early exposure to science and technology concepts will help create a direct pathway from science and math education to STEM careers by providing educational support, career exposure and mentoring,” added Melanie Sillas, senior development officer, Chicago Urban League.

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