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Bosch Community Fund awards grants to Owatonna-area organizations to support STEM, manufacturing education, professional development for teachers

- In 2017, Bosch Community Fund awarded more than $86,000 in grant funding to school districts, organizations in the Owatonna, Minnesota, area
- Seven grants fund education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); manufacturing; and professional development for teachers
- Since 2014, Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $308,000 to schools, organizations in the Owatonna, Minnesota, area

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded $86,249 in grants to school districts and organizations in the Owatonna, Minnesota, area. The seven grants fund education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); manufacturing; and professional development for teachers. By investing in lab improvements, teacher training, and enhancements in STEM and engineering curricula, the Bosch Community Fund is able to impact the lives of students in the community.

“Many organizations are impacting the Owatonna community through the advancement of STEM learning opportunities and ensuring quality programs are accessible to local students,” said Chuck Miklich, vice president of operations at Bosch Automotive Service Solutions in Owatonna. “Bosch is proud to equip these organizations with some of the resources and tools they need to educate youth as they explore their interests and prepare to enter the workforce.”

The grants support organizations and initiatives that expose students to robotics courses, career preparedness classes and manufacturing workshops, among other engaging programs. The Bosch Community Fund awarded grants to the following organizations:
- Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest’s BizTown Program for Owatonna Public Schools – $5,400
- Owatonna Chamber Foundation’s Made in Owatonna Days – $5,300
- Owatonna Public Schools’ Owatonna Middle School Environment; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Program Teaching Certificate Coursework; and New Student Engineering Courses – $30,000
- Owatonna Public Schools’ STEM Education and Professional Development – $1,000
- Riverland Community College Foundation’s Owatonna Flexible Science Lab Remodeling – $10,000
- Somali American Cultural Organization of Owatonna Innovator’s Program – $9,549
- South Central College North Mankato Campus Foundation’s Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Project – $25,000

“The Made in Owatonna Days initiative is helping 150 high school students each year to see firsthand what certain careers look like, and what’s available right in their community,” said Brad Meier, president and CEO of Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. “The Bosch Community Fund grant has made this initiative a reality by providing the funds that allow us to bus students around the community, feed them, provide tours and conduct evaluations of the program. This represents an incredible partnership in the Owatonna Community and gives students the opportunity to learn about career options and prepare for their futures.”

The Bosch Community Fund provides grants in U.S. communities where Bosch has locations. Since 2014, the Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $308,000 to schools and organizations in the Owatonna, Minnesota, area. Annually, the Bosch Community Fund awards up to $5 million in grants to organizations invited to participate in the program.

Linda Beckmeyer
Robert Bosch LLC
Phone: +1 248-876-2046

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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837 - October 2017


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