When you buy that new Corvette, you’re helping more than just General Motors and its employees.
You’re also helping the community around the Corvette Assembly Plant.
In fact, just last week, plant manager Kai Spande presented checks totaling $75,000 to six nonprofit organizations in the Bowling Green area as well as the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program.
The grants are part of the GM Community Impact Grants program and appropriately enough are earmarked to fund several projects related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
“I’m very happy to be able to give back to the community,” Spande said.
The grants ranged from $10,000 to $15,000 each.
One such grant will help the Warren County Area Technology Center in the Kentucky Transpark buy specialized equipment for its Early College Academy for Robotics and Automation Engineering and the Early College Academy for Machine Tool programs.
About 80 high school students at ATC will be helped by the grant, according to Principal Eric Keeling.
“The students will earn one year of college credit,” Keeling said. “In addition, they will have internships with local business partners. It will open up multiple career pathways to them.”
Who knows, some of those students could wind up building future Corvettes.
The Assembly Plant has been big for years on being a good steward of the environment as it goes about building our favorite cars.
It’s no surprise then that another grant targets Streamside Field Days – a partnership between Operation PRIDE, the city of Bowling Green and Warren County government – that helps sixth graders learn about the life cycle of a stream and do projects involving chemistry and environmental science.
“The main goal is that students will have an understanding of their impact on local streams,” said Matt Powell, environmental manager for the city of Bowling Green.
“The city and county have been funding it. This (grant) will defray some of the cost of it so we can continue the program.”
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