CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 26, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Goodrich Foundation has awarded the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation in Phoenix, Ariz. a $25,000 grant to fund a new course at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) designed to encourage women and minority students to study science, math, technology and engineering. SMCC is a federally-designated Minority Serving Institution where over half of the student population comes from traditionally underserved ethnic groups.
The grant will cover items such as student tuition, supplies, equipment and instructor fees. The innovative course includes hands-on student design projects, such as a balloon launch, as well as traditional structured classroom and lab work. Students will apply their newly learned skills toward completing a challenging design project before the semester ends.
Tom Mepham, President of Goodrich Interiors which is headquartered in Phoenix, said, "As a major aerospace and defense system supplier, we are keenly aware of the need for today's college students to study math, science and engineering. This grant will be used to develop local engineering and technical talent for high tech aerospace jobs, and Goodrich is proud to have a role in the creation of this important new program."
Goodrich Foundation is the charitable arm of Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR). The Foundation provides support to selected charitable and educational institutions in Goodrich's United States headquarters and plant communities.
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information, visit http://www.goodrich.com.
The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its ten colleges, two skill centers and multiple satellite centers. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.
South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona serves more than 10,000 students each year, offering a wide range of associate degrees, certificates and transfer programs. With extended campuses in Ahwatukee Foothills, Guadalupe and Laveen, SMCC offers several ideal locations to take advantage of opportunities in academic programs, continuing education, and general interest classes. South Mountain Community College, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary, is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges.
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