DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that the PPG Foundation invested $20,000 to support Illuminate STEM. The organization encourages, empowers and equips more than 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students from underrepresented communities through industry-relevant science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) training and education. The donation was made on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings business and the PPG PAINTS™ retail stores in Dallas.
Illuminate STEM works to foster innovation in the technology field in higher education and beyond by using the expertise of leading robotics, science and engineering professionals in both instructor and mentor roles. The grant also will enable the nonprofit to serve an additional 500 students.
“One of the PPG Foundation’s top priorities is supporting initiatives related to science and math education,” said Robb Butler, PPG senior regional sales manager, Dallas and Fort Worth markets. “By enabling students to explore these areas and gain pertinent skills necessary to succeed in technical fields such as advanced manufacturing, we can help them gain invaluable experience and their interest in STEM careers. We’re excited to be a member of the Dallas community and engage with Illuminate STEM and the students it serves.”
There are 25 PPG Paints stores in Dallas, and PPG is in the process of opening 16 additional stores. PPG recently presented representatives from Illuminate STEM with the grant at the grand opening of the PPG Paints store in White Rock, Texas.
PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $10.5 million in 2017, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 29 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their 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 on Twitter.
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