Bosch Community Fund and ECPI University commit leadership gifts in support of Dorchester School District Two’s Advanced Manufacturing Program
April 24, 2017 – SUMMERVILLE, SC – The Dorchester Two Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization established to advance educational opportunities in Dorchester School District Two, announces leadership gifts from Bosch Community Fund and ECPI University in support of Dorchester School District Two’s Advanced Manufacturing Program.
In spring of 2016 a Manufacturing Advisory Committee was created to include representatives from business and industry, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, SC Department of Commerce, SC Department of Education, local colleges and technical school, architects, SC Ready Program, Dorchester Two Educational Foundation, and district & school administrators. The committee concluded that a Manufacturing Program to include Mechatronics will serve the needs of students and industry alike. Goals of this endeavor are to prepare our students for well-paying jobs as well as support existing industries, play a key role in the recruitment of new industry, and build a pipeline of talented local workers able to fill the existing and forecasted labor shortage.
The school district’s capital improvement building program will provide facilities for the program, with additional financial support needed to equip the state-of-the-art manufacturing labs. “This program will have a positive impact on our community by supplying a high-demand labor force to attract and keep industry in our area, as well as preparing local people for local, high-paying jobs,” commented Jennie Crosby, Executive Director, Dorchester Two Educational Foundation. “These leadership gifts from Bosch and ECPI validate the program and will serve as catalysts for future partnerships to bring the program’s vision to reality for the 2018-2019 school year. “
Bosch is highly regarded in the industry for their well-established and thorough workforce training program, and is committing $300,000 to the Advanced Manufacturing Program. The participation of key Bosch personnel serving on the advisory committee helps ensure the program closely mirrors a modern manufacturing facility, including industry standard safety procedures and processes. Industry feedback is a key factor to ensuring that students are completing the program with the skills necessary to meet the workforce demands.
ECPI University will contribute $50,000 in support of the manufacturing program. The university currently partners with Dorchester School District Two to provide dual credit opportunities for high school students. After the successful completion of some courses, students can take certification exams to further their college and career readiness. Partnerships of this nature will give students the opportunity to explore all options available to them upon graduation.
About the Dorchester Two Educational Foundation
Established in 2013, the DD2 Foundation works to create and build partnerships to advance education and the future of our students and community. We establish corporate and community partnerships to fund innovative projects and hands-on learning opportunities that cannot be supported by the traditional budget. In the 2015/2016 school year, more than $300,000 was raised to support innovative educational opportunities in the District.