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Bosch Community Fund awards $80,000 in grants to schools, organizations in Owatonna, Minn. area

- Five grants support teacher training, career counseling, mechatronics kits, scholarships, participation in Junior Achievement® BizTown® and curriculum

- Supported activities and programs focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and training

- Since 2014, organizations in the Owatonna community have received more than $132,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $80,000 in grants to five organizations in the Owatonna, Minnesota, area. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-focused activities receiving support will help Owatonna elementary, middle and high school students and teachers.

“We appreciate the opportunity the Bosch Community Fund provides in assisting local organizations in preparing students for the changing job market of the future,” said Chuck Miklich, vice president of operations, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions.

The grants were awarded to the following organizations:

- Owatonna Public Schools: A $32,000 grant supports STEM certification through St. Catherine University’s National Center for STEM Elementary Education for teachers at McKinley Elementary School; Project Lead The Way computer science and civil engineering and architecture courses at Owatonna High School; and engaging 20-30 students in FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® Robotics at Owatonna Junior High School.

- South Central College – North Mankato Campus Foundation: The $25,600 grant supports the purchase of 32 high school mechatronic kits as well as a step-by-step curriculum for approximately 60 students. This project supports South Central College’s (SCC) involvement in the Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Workforce pilot program and is based on SCC’s active role in promoting STEM career paths to high school students as well as narrowing the skills gap and providing work-ready technicians to meet the needs of manufacturers.

- Somali American Cultural Society of Owatonna (SACSO): A $12,000 grant assists in providing STEM education to 20-30 Somali students in grades K-8 at SACSO. With help from the Owatonna School District STEM coordinator to facilitate the program, students gain the experience and language that is common to their American student counterparts. Armed with these skills, the Somali students are more active and confident learners in the classroom.

- Junior Achievement® (JA) of the Upper Midwest: With a $5,400 grant, nearly 5,000 students experience JA of the Upper Midwest’s BizTown® through in-classroom curriculum and mock job interviews for a simulation at BizTown. When visiting BizTown, a 10,000 square-foot, kid-sized city in Junior Achievement’s headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota, students learn about the role business plays in the economy, the flow of money, responsibilities of work, and STEM skills and activities including webpage design, water quality testing, weighing and measuring, and energy exploration and research.

- The Owatonna Area Chamber Foundation: The $5,000 grant allows a job counselor to regularly meet with Owatonna High School seniors to educate them about local jobs and training opportunities. The goal is to improve the transition from high school to the workforce and to create awareness of career options for minority students or those from low-income families.

“We are proud to partner with Bosch to expand our innovative delivery model for mechatronics into high school classrooms throughout our region,” said
Dr. Annette Parker, president of South Central College. “We’re grateful for their generous support of these hands-on, tactile learning kits.”

Since 2014, organizations in the Owatonna community have received more than $132,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants.

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded more than $10 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 some 31,000 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2015. In 2015, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $14 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. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of $78.3 billion (70.6 billion euros) in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. 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 and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com and twitter.com/BoschPresse.

Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.1095

BCF Awards $80K to Owatonna, MN, Schools, Orgs. - October 2016


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