ArcelorMittal’s signature community investment initiative is our support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. In 2015, 42 percent of our U.S. grant funding was invested in STEM nonprofit organizations and programs. This includes support to programs that are based within schools and in out of school settings and that span the educational continuum from elementary school through college.
We invest in STEM education because we know this funding is not only critical to the future sustainability of our business, but also to our communities. Not only do STEM workers earn more than individuals in non-STEM fields, but STEM careers also provide significant benefits to society, including the development of new technology and sustainability efforts that improve quality of life.
One of our largest STEM partnerships is with Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW is a national nonprofit that provides transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Currently, more than 8,000 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.
ArcelorMittal’s partnership with PLTW launched in the fall of 2015, making $300,000 in grants available to 16 middle and high schools for the 2016-17 school year, while 8 middle schools will be implementing or enhancing the PLTW Gateway program. In addition, 8 high schools will be launching or enhancing the PLTW Engineering program. These competitive grants are being implemented in the communities surrounding our operations in Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. It is anticipated that these grants will impact 1,000 children during the 2016-17 school year.
In early 2016, our partnership deepened with our commitment to be the Environmental Sustainability sponsor of PLTW’s national conference – PLTW Summit 2016. The summit is a professional development opportunity for teachers and administrators implementing the PLTW curriculum in schools across the country. As part of this sponsorship, ArcelorMittal is making an additional $25,000 in grants available to schools that are implementing PLTW’s Environmental Sustainability course within its high school engineering curriculum.
“ArcelorMittal recognizes the need to properly educate our young people and encourage careers in manufacturing as a step toward a sustainable future for our company, our employees and communities, and our nation’s economy,” said John Brett, chief executive officer, ArcelorMittal USA Flat Carbon. “We are proud to partner with Project Lead The Way to strengthen our efforts in developing a pipeline of talented young men and women who possess the skills and knowledge needed to deliver on our mission of producing safe, sustainable steel for generations to come.”
”Project Lead The Way is grateful for the generous support of ArcelorMittal and their deep commitment to high-quality educational experiences for our nation’s students,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram. “Because of their support, thousands of students will have access to hands-on, rigorous curriculum that prepares them with the knowledge and in-demand, transportable skills that will help them thrive in our rapidly advancing, high-tech world.”