Even in these uncertain economic times, the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation is still receiving support from manufacturers.
The Gene Haas Foundation, Amada America and
the CNA Insurance Foundation contributed grants totaling $100,000 to help fund
the winners of its 2009 manufacturing camp grant awards.
year, with the support of sponsor companies, the NBT awards grants to
not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions that offer overnight
or day camp experiences which introduce young people ages 12 to 16 to careers
in manufacturing and engineering.
The Gene Haas Foundation
based in Oxnard, Calif., donated $50,000 to support 10 summer camps for one
year. Amada America in Buena Park, Calif., contributed $40,000 to support three
camps for three consecutive years; and Chicago-based CNA Insurance provided
$10,000 to fund two camps for one year.
“We are very
appreciative of the generous donations from these manufacturing companies who
are helping to inspire the next generation of engineers, builders and
manufacturers,” said actor John Ratzenberger, an NBT founder. “There is an
ever-increasing demand for highly skilled professionals who can design, program
and operate technology. Creating a skilled work force in the trades is vital to
the future of America,
and it all starts with getting young people to take pride in
“Manufacturing camp grants help to provide
positive, hands-on experiences so young people will consider manufacturing as a
career option, and ultimately increase the pool of available, highly skilled workers
in the country,” said Terrence Egan, NBT director. “We thank the Gene Haas
Foundation, Amada America
and CNA Insurance for making this investment in the future manufacturing work
force of America.”
camps target high school students, exposing them to math, science and
engineering principles, and giving them opportunities to see the technology
being used in industry and the high level of skills that will be required from
the work force.
“These camps provide youth with the exposure
to vocational and technical trades that no longer exist in all public education
systems,” Egan added. “Motivating youth to consider these trades will have a
positive effect on graduation rates, increase the chance for them to earn a
living wage, and create a more qualified work force and community development
in impoverished areas.”
NBT recently launched a program that
allows people to donate to the organization by simply texting “123” to the
number “90999” from their cell phone. Supporters will be prompted to confirm
their gift by replying with the word “yes.” The message generates a $5 donation
charged directly to the caller’s cell phone bill.
Manufacturing camps receive industry grants
August 1, 2009