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Bosch Community Fund awards more than $100,000 in grants to schools, organizations in Fountain Inn, S.C.

- Three grants support an advanced manufacturing lab, scholarships and a Smithsonian Speaker Series

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

- Since 2013, organizations in the Fountain Inn area have received more than $450,000 in Bosch Community Fund grants

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded more than $100,000 in grants to three organizations in the Fountain Inn, South Carolina, area. The grants support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for students and educators.

“Bosch Rexroth is convinced that the Bosch Community Fund’s support of STEM education within Greenville County is of utmost importance,” said Mike McCormick, vice president and technical plant manager of Bosch’s Fountain Inn facility. “We are committed to partnering with education activities at all levels to close the STEM gap in a sustainable fashion. These Bosch Community Fund grants, along with our internal apprentice training and national/international internships, are long-term investments in our community.”

The grants were awarded to the following organizations:

- Greenville Technical College (GTC) Foundation: A $70,000 grant funds need-based scholarships to the new Manufacturing Honors College at Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI). Scheduled to open in fall 2016, CMI supports the collaboration of GTC students pursuing an associate degree in mechatronics, machine tool technology or engineering technologies with Clemson University students studying similar fields. The collaborative effort is focused on an industry-led capstone project in which students work with customers on real-world demands, enriching the students’ education in management, business, project management and cultural awareness.

- The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU): With the $25,000 grant, the TCMU is hosting a Smithsonian Speaker Series provides bringing science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) training to educators in the Greenville County Schools. Each quarter, new content is introduced to teachers and then, with the help of TCMU staff, curriculum and hands-on activities are introduced to students. The program helps up to 12 educators and approximately 250 students each quarter.

- Greenville County Schools: The $13,965 grant provides funds to support a career center exploratory program, which provides ninth-grade students with the opportunity to explore career options within the manufacturing industry. This program addresses the fact that, currently, less than 3 percent of Greenville high school students identify manufacturing as their chosen career pathway. The grant funds manufacturing lab materials including a mechatronics inventory station, inspection station, distribution station, table-top mechatronics learning system and PLC programming for the Greenville County Schools’ Advanced Manufacturing Lab.

“The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is thrilled to receive support from the Bosch Community Fund to support our new Smithsonian Speaker Series,” said Nancy Halverson, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. “The gift will allow us to bring accomplished innovators into classrooms to work with both educators and students as they explore new ways to gain competencies and confidence with STEM related topics including humanoid robotics, astrophotography and cyber security.”

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 Fountain Inn 2016 Q2 grant - October 2016


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