Lehigh Valley campus among local Bosch STEM grant recipients

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Penn State Lehigh Valley was one of three local institutions recently awarded Bosch Community Fund (BCF) grants in support of STEM education. Penn State was awarded a total of $45,000 of which the Lehigh Valley campus received $20,000 to support its Emerging Engineers program. The remaining portion will support University Park's Women in Engineering Program Orientation.

The BCF grants, announced by Robert Bosch LLC and Bosch Rexroth Corp. on July 16, support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education as important foundations for today’s students as they prepare for careers in the increasingly important fields of engineering and manufacturing.

The Lehigh Valley Emerging Engineers program supports low-income students in their preparations to qualify for Penn State. It offers a one-year, dual-enrollment opportunity for high school seniors in engineering and math with an emphasis on problem-solving and hands-on job shadowing with companies in the region.

"I can certainly say that we are excited to bring Bosch Rexroth’s vision of summer academic camps for high school students in math, science and technology to reality," said Nancy Coco, director, Corporate and Community Education, Penn State Lehigh Valley. "As an enhancement to our longstanding Emerging Engineer Professionals dual-enrollment program for high school seniors, the STEM camps will orient students to the field of study and ready them for the anticipated rigors of credit course work. It is with support provided by companies like Bosch that we can train the next generation of scientists and engineers. We are tremendously appreciative."

The grant process involved management at Bosch Rexroth in Bethlehem reaching out to different charitable and educational institutions in the Lehigh Valley, informing them of support Bosch Rexroth could make available through the BCF. Several institutions submitted proposals outlining utilization plans. After careful consideration, these four programs were selected.

"Bethlehem senior management is very excited with the programs selected at these schools. We will be looking for ways to engage Bosch Rexroth associates to help implement these programs," said Andreas Torell, vice president and commercial plant manager, Bosch Rexroth.

According to Manfred Hahn, vice president and technical plant manager at Bosch Rexroth, "Bosch continues to search for ways in which we can give back to the community. Supporting programs like these is an important aspect of our company culture and contributor to our long-term success."

"Helping to foster students’ interest in and excitement about STEM-related careers is a priority for Bosch," said Berend Bracht, president and CEO of Bosch Rexroth Americas, who also serves as chairman of the Bosch Community Fund Board of Trustees. "We strive to provide resources to teachers and offer positive opportunities for students. Industry working in concert with academia is key to helping develop the next-generation STEM workforce. Preparing students for these jobs is crucial not only to the growth of the individual, but also to industry and to the communities in which they live and work."

Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, and Lehigh University also received BCF grants.

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Last Updated July 22, 2014