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This is a press release from Engineers Without Borders USA
Arconic Foundation’s $300,000 grant to EWB-USA will advance engineering education, knowledge sharing and workforce development across the globe
Denver, Colo., November 2, 2016 (Business Wire) | Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is proud to announce a multi-year grantmaking partnership with the newly formed Arconic Foundation. The $300,000 investment, Arconic Foundation’s inaugural grant, will support Engineers Without Borders (EWB) organizations around the world working to strengthen and promote engineering education and equip the next generation of global innovators. By 2020, over 1,000 students are targeted to complete the program. The partnership will include activities in select markets where Arconic has an operational footprint and an employee base: the United States, the UK, Mexico, France, Germany, Canada and Brazil.
Arconic Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC), which launched on November 1 as a global leader in multi-materials innovation, precision engineering and advanced manufacturing. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation.
“We regularly witness the profound impact highly skilled students and young professionals can have in some of the world’s most challenged areas,” said Cathy Leslie, EWB-USA’s Executive Director. “The Foundation’s investment in our mission is reflective of our shared values to build a better world.”
“Partnering with Engineers Without Borders reflects the vision and values of Arconic and the mission of Arconic Foundation – to support a future of breakthrough innovation. And it all starts with engineering,” said Esra Ozer, President, Arconic Foundation. “On this, our first day as a new company, with a new focus, we could not be prouder to support an organization that so closely mirrors our priorities.”
The program’s goal is to ensure that current and future engineers have the skills to conceive of, coordinate, manage and lead global projects. EWB-USA will identify critical education experiences and develop a blueprint of the skills needed. EWB organizations will use the grant for fieldwork and online courses; students and young professionals will develop skills in leadership, project management, communication, systems thinking and community engagement.
Arconic Foundation’s focus is the advancement of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and skills training worldwide. This focus, combined with the special emphasis on engaging and creating access for underrepresented and underserved groups, complements the work of EWB-USA and its peers. EWB-USA’s thousands of student and professional volunteers partner with communities across the globe to solve small-scale infrastructure problems through humanitarian engineering.
EWB-USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. EWB-USA members work with local communities and NGOs in more than 42 developing countries around the world on projects such as water, renewable energy, sanitation and more. EWB-USA has grown from a handful of members in 2002 to more than 16,800 members today and has more than 686 projects worldwide. For more information about EWB-USA, visit www.ewb-usa.org.
About Arconic Foundation
As the philanthropic arm of Arconic – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power – Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, vocational technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe. For more information, visit www.ArconicFoundation.com and follow our programming on social media.