APS Foundation Gives AzCASE $5,000 for STEM Training
As part of their 2015 grant awards, the APS Foundation has committed to supporting Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence with a $5,000 grant. Since 2012, the APS Foundation has been committed to supporting nonprofits that advance knowledge in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to help keep the next generation of Arizona’s workforce strong and competitive.
The grant will allow for the expansion of our STEM workshops at School’s Out, Make It Count, the 23rd Annual Arizona Statewide Out-of-School Time Conference.
Studies show that Arizona students have a low proficiency ranking in STEM subjects compared to students in the rest of the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 30 fastest-growing occupations (projected through 2016) more than half require mastery within STEM subjects, making Arizona’s low ranking an issue for the future of high-paying jobs in the state.
Education grants were awarded to 17 nonprofits located throughout the state of Arizona and the Four Corners area and we’re thrilled to be among them.
“We have a number of organizations doing great work in the STEM areas,” said Tina Marie Tentori, Executive Director of the APS Foundation. “These grants will serve to move their efforts forward in the community and help create an educated workforce that is better prepared to serve our state in the future.”
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