CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The PPG Foundation recently donated $15,000 to the Chicago Urban League
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 engages African-American students in disadvantaged
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.
“Increasing and sustaining interest among African-Americans in science
and math education is critical to continued growth and new ideas in
these fields,” said Hank Saunders, PPG plant manager, Batavia. “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.”
Melanie Sillas, senior development officer, Chicago Urban League, said,
“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.”
PPG’s architectural coatings business operates more than 17 PPG PAINTS™
stores and sells through 12 PPG Paints independent retailers in
Greater Chicago. The business also has a distribution center in Aurora
as well as a manufacturing facility in Batavia.
The PPG Foundation aims to bring color and brightness to PPG communities
in the United States. By investing in educational opportunities, we help
grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in
industries related to coatings and specialty materials. Plus, we empower
PPG employees to make an impact for causes that are important to them by
supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com
and follow @PPG_Communities
About the Chicago Urban League
Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic,
educational and social progress for African-Americans and promotes
strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and
innovation. For more information, visit www.thechicagourbanleague.org.
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