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2015 Highlights

PPG Foundation contributes $15,000 to Project Lead the Way

The PPG Industries Foundation recently presented a $15,000 grant to Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 science, technology, engineering and math programs, on behalf of PPG Architectural Coatings U.S. and Canada (AC USCA). The donation will help fund scholarships for up to seven teachers from Dover, Delaware to enroll in PLTW’s innovative Introduction to Engineering Design course. This contribution is aligned with PPG’s new community engagement focus for 2015, which involves investing in educational opportunities relating to science, technology, engineering and math.

PLTW creates activity-, project- and problem-based curriculum and teacher professional development models that help students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy. The Introduction to Engineering curriculum specifically provides students the opportunity to learn more about engineering, work collaboratively and explore how math and science work together in everyday life.

As part of a larger initiative, PLTW and the State of Delaware are currently working together to grow PLTW engineering programs at Dover high schools. Through its donation, PPG Industries will be recognized as the first industry partner in the state’s effort to revolutionize its career and technology education system.

Representatives from PPG’s Dover, Delaware plant recently attended a conference where Delaware Governor Jack Markell announced the state’s new Pathways to Prosperity initiative to boost funding for science, technology, engineering and math education. After the governor’s announcement, PPG representatives had the opportunity to speak with various groups about PPG and its involvement in the PLTW program.