ANDERSON, S.C. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Investing in education to advance innovation and protect the environment is a hallmark of Bosch, a company whose products are “Invented for life.” The Bosch Anderson plant and the Bosch Community Fund (BCF), a U.S.-based foundation, recently awarded nearly a quarter of a million dollars in Anderson, S.C., in various grants to support students’ learning and hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and sustainability initiatives.
The grants were presented during the past several weeks by leadership from Bosch’s Anderson plant at various school meetings and events. This includes a $100,000 grant to Tri-County Technical College, which was presented today to Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, college president. Several grants, totaling about $124,000, were awarded to Anderson School Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. And, the presentation of a $25,000 environmental grant for Sadlers Creek State Park will be made later this spring at the park.
The grant to Tri-County Technical College will support the Mechatronics and Industrial Electronics Technology programs. The funds will go toward upgrading equipment offerings in the programs, providing additional laboratory sections and allowing the hiring of adjunct faculty for these expanded laboratories to give more personal attention to students. This grant will enable Tri-County Technical College to further engage students and help develop a technical workforce.
“We look for opportunities in the U.S. to encourage the next generation of talented young men and women to pursue educational goals in STEM subjects and sustainability initiatives,” said John Kuta, senior vice president, plant manager technical, at Bosch of Anderson. “These grants will help further engage students and provide even more opportunity for them.
“Bosch is very honored to award these grants to Anderson, a community where we have such deep roots and where many of our associates and their families live,” Kuta said.
According to Dr. Booth, partnerships with industry are essential to his college’s success: “Tri-County Technical College has long enjoyed a good working relationship with Bosch Anderson. Having the perspective of industry is important because it helps the Tri-County faculty develop meaningful programs so that our students can successfully enter the world of work and grow in their respective careers. Today, we named two labs – a mechatronics lab and an industrial electronics lab – in Bosch’s honor. Having our labs associated with a respected, global company like Bosch will serve as a constant reminder of our shared commitment to education.”
In addition to the Tri-County Technical College grant, Randy Bunch, director of human resources and continuous improvement process at Bosch’s Anderson plant, delivered these grants to the following organizations:
About the Bosch Community Fund:
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, awards up to $3 million annually 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.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros ($61.6 billion) in 2013*. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” Additional information on the global organization is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. For more information, please visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.
*Due to a change in legal rules governing consolidation, 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with 2012 figures. Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32812