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Bosch Community Fund partners with Lehigh Valley organizations to support STEM education, career readiness initiatives

- In 2017, Bosch Community Fund awarded $170,000 in grants to organizations in Lehigh Valley
- Seven grants will fund community education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the environment
- Since 2014, Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $452,000 in grants to schools, organizations in Lehigh Valley

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $170,000 in grants to organizations in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Seven grants fund community education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the environment. The investments from the Bosch Community Fund enhance education programs for elementary to college-age students and encourage continued dedication to studying topics in technology, math and the sciences.

“Donations from the Bosch Community Fund make it possible to expose thousands of students in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, to STEM education,” said James Felsted, director – Plant Commercial at Bosch Rexroth. “This year we partnered with programs such as the Manufacturing Resource Center’s What’s So Cool About Manufacturing and the DaVinci Center CORE program for at-risk youth. Early exposure to STEM inspires students to pursue higher education and qualify for meaningful and rewarding careers.”

Each grant recipient is on a similar mission to increase access to STEM education and science-based careers for young adults, while also providing resources for teacher training and development. The Bosch Community Fund awarded grants to the following organizations:

- Da Vinci Science Center’s STEM Classroom Outreach (CORE) Program received $32,000
- Lehigh Career and Technical Institute’s Information Technology Academy received $30,000
- Lehigh University’s Summer Charting Horizons and Opportunities in Careers in Engineering and Science (CHOICES) program received $17,500
- Manufacturers Resource Center’s STEM Dream Team received $20,000
- Pennsylvania State University’s Lehigh Valley STEM Teen Entrepreneurship Challenge received $20,000
- Pennsylvania State University’s Women in Engineering program received $20,500
- Workforce Board Lehigh Valley’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Environment and Mathematics (STEEM) CareerLinking Academy received $30,000

“With the Bosch Community Fund grant, sixty 10- and 11-year-old girls gained access to STEM education and, through CareerLinking Academies, were able to learn about future opportunities and careers,” said Nancy Dischinat, executive director of the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley. “These young women are engineering a career plan that is driven by employer needs and science, technology, engineering, the environment and math.”

CareerLinking program participant, Annabella, shared, “It was an awesome experience and I want to come again.” Another participant, Giana, related that her time in the program taught her “work is really fun.”

The Bosch Community Fund provides grants in U.S. communities where Bosch has locations. Since 2014, the Bosch Community Fund has invested more than $452,000 in schools and organizations in the Lehigh Valley area. Annually, the Bosch Community Fund awards up to $4 million in grants to organizations invited to participate in the program.

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded more than $15.5 million in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.

About Bosch
Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs nearly 32,800 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2016. In 2016 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016) and generated sales of 73.1 billion euros ($80.9 billion) in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

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Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1069

BCF Bethlehem Grant Program 2017 - September 2017


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