Arconic Foundation has awarded seven grants totaling $150,000 to nonprofit organizations in Blount, Knox and Sevier counties to further workforce development and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs throughout the region.
The foundation invests its grant funds primarily in initiatives that advance STEM education and training, particularly those that prepare students and the workforce for advanced manufacturing careers, the foundation said in a news release.
“We are proud to support many of our longtime partners this year, including one that goes back more than 100 years — the city of Alcoa. Congratulations to them on a centennial celebration. Arconic Foundation resources will provide for historic markers that will tell the story of the city for years to come,” Jeff Weida, Arconic Tennessee Operations plant manager, said in a statement. “We also welcome a new partner, Girls Inc., to the Arconic Foundation family. This organization is offering some great programs in Blount County introducing a generation of young women to potential careers in STEM.”
Said Rhoni Basden, executive director of Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, said: “The Arconic Foundation has provided the opportunity to implement relevant, intentional and expanded STEM programming specifically to girls across Blount County. Thanks to the funding provided, more girls will have access to STEM programs in a variety of fields that allow them to engage, ask questions and explore STEM career pathways to aid in their academic performance and build a passion for these fields as they grow older. We aim to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.”
The 2019 Arconic Foundation-funded grant programs include:
• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, (STEM) — $20,000
• Alcoa city (community enhancement) — $25,000
• FIRST Robotics (STEM) — $20,000
• Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (STEM) — $20,000
• Girls Inc. (STEM) — $20,000
• Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (STEM) — $25,000
• Richard Williams Jr. Leadership Development Academy (youth leadership) — $20,000.
Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic Inc. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.