By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Alcoa Foundation has announced a $30,000 grant to The Alliance for Education, San Bernardino County’s premier partnership between businesses and education communities working to foster Science Technology Education Math (STEM) learning both in and out of the classroom in all age groups. The Alliance is focused on supporting strategic work in three areas: education, family involvement and economic and workforce development.
Alcoa Foundation made the announcement after Alcoa announced today that it had completed the acquisition of Firth Rixson, a global leader in aerospace jet engine components with facilities in the Sheffield area. The company closed the transaction, which was announced on June 26, 2014, after receiving all of the required global regulatory approvals and arranging financing for the deal.
“Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to supporting STEM education is key in changing the future for our students and communities,” said Debra Mustain, Interim Director, The Alliance for Education. “We welcome their partnership and look forward to sharing exciting learning experiences in the field including opportunities to explore STEM careers and educational options beyond high school.”
The funds will support The Alliance for Education’s continued effort to increase interest in STEM by engaging diverse and under-represented populations in rigorous real-world academics and educational events. At least 2,500 students from 10 schools will increase their knowledge about postsecondary and career opportunities in STEM-related fields.
“Alcoa Foundation focuses on projects that increase the number of students enrolled in STEM studies,” said Scott Hudson, Principal Manager of Social Responsibility and Community Outreach, Alcoa Foundation. “We believe this partnership with The Alliance for Education will help foster future leaders in California.”
Alcoa Foundation was established six decades ago to extend Alcoa’s values to benefit the communities where it operates. Since 2000, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $10.3 million in Southern California, partnering with nonprofit organizations to address community development needs and advance Alcoa’s core priorities around environment and education.