Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. (JCIDC) has recently been awarded a substantial grant for its robotics program. The $7,500 grant was generously provided by the American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established by American Water, the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. The grant was part of the foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, which aims to support high-impact projects and initiatives that align with American Water’s commitment to ESG (environmental, social and governance) as well as inclusion, diversity, and equity.
Kevin Gabbard, president of the JCIDC board of directors, expressed immense gratitude for the foundation’s support, emphasizing the positive impact it will have on high school robotics teams in Jackson County. The funds received from the grant will greatly contribute to the development and advancement of robotics education in county high schools.
The American Water Charitable Foundation is dedicated to engaging and investing in initiatives that enhance the well-being of communities served by American Water. Carrie Williams, president of the foundation, highlighted the organization’s commitment to being a responsible neighbor and a reliable partner in the community.
Robotics education plays a crucial role in preparing students for the rapidly evolving fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). By providing financial assistance to JCIDC, the American Water Charitable Foundation is promoting the growth of essential skills and fostering innovation among students in Jackson County.
Q: What is the purpose of the American Water Charitable Foundation?
A: The American Water Charitable Foundation aims to support high-impact projects and initiatives that align with American Water’s commitment to ESG, inclusion, diversity, and equity.
Q: How will the grant benefit Jackson County high schools?
A: The grant will help support robotics teams in Jackson County high schools, contributing to the development of robotics education in the region.
Q: Why is robotics education important?
A: Robotics education prepares students for careers in STEM fields, fostering essential skills and promoting innovation.