General Motors, maker of Chevrolet vehicles, has announced a $900,000 donation to Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a leading non-profit educator.

John Calabrese, GM VP of Global Vehicle Engineering, announced the $300,000, three-year renewable grant, which will contribute specifically to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum.

According to a press release from PLTW, students who complete the programs will be better equipped to meet the demands of a global workforce in STEM-related fields.

General Motors Makes Large Education-Focused Donation

PLTW logoThe funding will be used to educate students in Michigan with a focus on engineering and biomedical sciences.

Unlike other math and science courses, PLTW curriculum uses real-world context with a foucs on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. PLTW believes that these skill help prepare students for collegiate course and career advancement.

Although the recently announced funds will be used in Michigan schools, numerous universities across the country recognize the courses and honor them as college credit.

Both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are partners with PLTW.

122 schools in Michigan are currently offering PLTW programs. With the GM donation, an additional 24 school could gain access to PLTW’s curricula.

“In essence, GM is helping PLTW prepare students for the global economy and the demands of the 21st century workforce. This is a perfect example of a private/public partnership that ultimately benefits not only Michigan, but our nation.”
– Vince Bertram, President and CEO, PLTW

“It is essential that the next generation of professionals has the skills and education necessary to compete on a global platform, particularly as it pertains to STEM-related fields.”
– John Calabrese, GM VP of Global Engineering

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