PLANO, Texas and FLORENCE, Ky., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its commitment to preparing teachers and students for the next-generation of jobs, Toyota USA Foundation awarded two grants totaling $2.35 million to Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE).
The grants, announced at the annual North American Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Conference, aim to increase access to STEM programs throughout the United States and boost participation and retention of women and people of color in STEM careers.
"Persistent workforce gaps in STEM fields can be solved by increased participation and inclusion of diverse students," said Mike Goss, president, Toyota USA Foundation. "These investments will impact elementary, middle, high school, and community colleges across the country, and represent industry and education coming together to better prepare the nation's youth."
PLTW was awarded $2 million to support approximately 115 K-12 schools throughout the United States. The grant will help with the implementation of PLTW Launch (elementary), PLTW Gateway (middle school), PLTW Engineering (high school), and PLTW Computer Science (high school) programs. The organization previously received a $1 million grant from the foundation to support 40 high schools with Computer Integrated Manufacturing courses.
"Toyota and the Toyota USA Foundation have been tremendous partners for many years, helping us engage and inspire students in their K-12 education and future careers," said Dr. Vince Bertram, president and CEO, PLTW. "Through the foundation's continued support, we will train hundreds of teachers and engage thousands of students in PLTW's hands-on, transformative learning experiences. These programs help prepare students with the knowledge and skills to compete in the workforce, solve challenges, contribute to global progress, and create a lasting impact on their communities and our country."
NAPE received $350,000 to create promotional tools and outreach strategies for educators to use with students and parents at the K-12 and community college level. The organization also will partner with PLTW to increase the participation and persistence of women and people of color. The collateral, tools and strategies developed as a result of this project will be leveraged through NAPE's current professional development activities being implemented across the nation.
"This award provides a unique opportunity for NAPE to equip educators with the student-focused tools they need to increase student awareness, interest, and choice to enter into advanced manufacturing STEM careers," said Mimi Lufkin, CEO of NAPE. "With such a wide scope, this grant can positively impact thousands of women and people of color."
About The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
NAPE has developed a framework marrying its proven Program Improvement Process for Equity in STEM™ (PIPE-STEM) with service design techniques used in leading-edge social innovation. NAPE serves educators across the country and provides them with professional development, tools and resources to build their capacity to increase access and success of students pursuing nontraditional careers. NAPE's programs are particularly targeted toward increasing student access to high skill, high wage career fields in STEM through engagement in high quality career and technical education (CTE) programs and creating positive school and classroom climates where every student can succeed.
About Project Lead The Way
PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW's teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 9,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org
About Toyota USA Foundation
The Toyota USA Foundation, a charitable endowment with over $100 million committed to enhancing the quality of education, supports innovative programs and builds partnerships with organizations that are dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For additional information about the Toyota USA Foundation, please visit http://www.toyotagrants.com/foundation.
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