The General Motors Foundation—soon to be no longer—has made four Flint, Michigan, non-profit groups ecstatic. The groups will receive a share of the $130,000 grant to further STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
The GM Foundation will split the $130,000 between Kettering FIRST Robotics, Boy Scouts Water and Woods Field Service Council and Flint River Watershed Coalition with $45,000, $30,000 and $35,000 going to each organization, according to MLive.
“When we improve access to STEM programs, we give students the necessary knowledge and skills to become the next generation of leaders,” said Vic Pereira, plant manager at GM Flint Metal Center.
GM predicts a major labor gap for future STEM-related jobs and it hopes these grants will help children become interested in related fields and prepare them for tomorrow’s jobs.
“We need to bridge that gap. It’s a major need and a growing movement that want to help kids get into those jobs,” Paul Eggebrecht, assistant manager of grant management for General Motors corporate giving office said.