GM Arlington drives STEM education, awards grants to community outreach programs Oct. 5

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The GM Arlington Assembly will present $100,000 to community outreach programs offering STEM-focused educational initiatives. The grants will be presented at the Arlington Assembly plant during the company’s annual Community Grant corporate giving ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 5.

“The rising generation is truly the future of our industry,” said Juan Carlos Jimenez, plant manager of GM Arlington Assembly, in a news release. “These community-focused grants are our way to invest in these young minds who are going to change the way our business runs in the future.”

The grants will be used to provide financial assistance to students pursuing higher education and employment opportunities.

“We are delighted with our partnership with GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) and the support we have received from General Motors because it allows many more young adults to be reached with hands-on environmental experiences and become inspired by them,” said Debbie Vernon, Director of Education at River Legacy Living Center, in the release.

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“These students are at an age where they are starting to develop a social consciousness, so it’s a perfect time to reach them and help them discover how they can be agents of change in their communities,” Vernon said.

The grant recipients were detailed in the release and include:

— Arlington ISD Educational Foundation: This grant will aid students and educators in receiving the necessary resources for their classrooms.

— River Legacy Foundation: This grant will encourage the education of younger generations on environmental preservation issues with the use of their facilities: River Legacy Parks and River Legacy Living Science Center.

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— Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail: This grant will go toward helping students receive an interactive and engaging education that focuses on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and college and job preparation.

— United Way of Tarrant County: This grant will aid citizens of Tarrant County with a variety of social issues such as mental health, education, financial stability, and employment.

— International American Education Foundation: This grant will help increase the accessibility of a U.S. education for international students.

— University Crossroads: This grant will encourage students to pursue higher education with the help of SAT tutoring and college application seminars.

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— Mansfield ISD Foundation: This grant will help generate new approaches to distributing resources to teachers and students.