DENSO, an automotive parts manufacturer in Athens, has just awarded a $10,000 grant to Cleveland High School. This is the third year in a row the company has given CHS this grant to support its …
DENSO, an automotive parts manufacturer in Athens, has just awarded a $10,000 grant to Cleveland High School.
This is the third year in a row the company has given CHS this grant to support its career and technical education programs under the umbrella of Project Lead the Way, a national organization which develops STEM curriculum for schools.
"Together, DENSO, Project Lead the Way and Cleveland High School allows students access to real world applied learning experiences which allow them to thrive in their college, career and beyond," said Crystal Renner, human resource supervisor at DENSO.
The presentation was attended by several representatives of DENSO, Cleveland City Schools and the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.
Gary Farlow, president and CEO of the Chamber, said it was great to see an area manufacturer taking an interest in the education of local students.
The $10,000 grant is expected to go toward professional development for teachers. Cleveland City Schools CTE Supervisor Renny Whittenbarger said some of these funds have already been earmarked "to certify an instructor in another Project Lead the Way area."
"We'll have another teacher with 'Principles of Engineering' certification," Whittenbarger said. "We are looking to grow that, because engineering is a very popular pathway with our students."
He noted all of the school's engineering teachers are "at capacity" in terms of the number of students they can have in their classes. The hope is this additional training will lead to more students being trained for engineering-related careers.
Cleveland Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer thanked the DENSO representatives not only for the grant but for how it has supported the district in other ways.
DENSO representatives have offered presentations in local schools and also welcomed tour groups from the district.
"We appreciate the check, but we appreciate a lot more than that," Dyer said. "We're really wanting to figure out what we can do to partner with the workforce, whether it's DENSO or other companies. This is a really important thing for us."
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