DETROIT, December 6, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), a non-profit educational organization maximizing the success potential of under-represented youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is the recipient of a $ 125,000 grant from General Motors.
This funding will enhance DAPCEP’s flagship Saturday Series program, enhance virtual program delivery and increase STEM exposure to hundreds of underrepresented elementary, high school and high school students. . The DAPCEP will engage students throughout Southeast Michigan in contextual workshops that take place both onsite in schools and virtually, over 20 different classes from the Saturday series, and engage GM volunteers who will help run the summer camps and STEM workshops.
“General Motors is proud to support DAPCEP as it strives to make STEM education more accessible to students of Detroit,” noted Terry rhadigan, vice president of corporate giving at GM. “We know that too few students pursue careers in STEM and that the diversity of candidates is sorely lacking. Through our long-standing relationship with DAPCEP, we look forward to improving these issues and supporting the team as they encourage young people to Detroit to pursue a STEM education. “
This grant was awarded to DAPCEP as part of the GM program $ 50 million Investment in Detroit non-profit programs, which aim to expand access to education and employment opportunities and strengthen city neighborhoods. GM’s support of DAPCEP innovators and its past supporting activities help promote sustainable solutions that help the people of Detroit learn, work and thrive.
“We are delighted to receive this grant from General Motors. GM was one of the early supporters of DAPCEP. Detroit community, ”said Michelle L. Reaves, Director General of DAPCEP.
Exposure to STEM is critically important, as black students obtained only seven percent of STEM bachelor’s degrees in 2018 (Pew Research). The total number of black undergraduate enrollments in colleges and universities after the pandemic is down by more than seven percent. And yet, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that STEM jobs will grow twice as fast over the next 10 years.
Since its inception in 1976, DAPCEP has offered STEM programs throughout the year to nearly 11,000 K-12 students each year. With a 50:50 female-to-male ratio and a graduation rate close to 100 percent, DAPCEP collaborates with more than 40 schools and universities, businesses, community organizations and public entities. The educational nonprofit has amassed more than 70,000 alumni, 68 percent of whom have entered STEM careers and credit DAPCEP for their STEM success.
For more than 40 years, GM and DAPCEP have had a rich history of commitment. Hundreds of DAPCEP alumni worked at GM. GM engineers held an “Electrical Connections” workshop where grades 6-8 studied electromagnetism by building a model electric motor and learned how GM is applying this science to its production of electric vehicles. Two members of the DAPCEP board of directors come from the general manager – treasurer Albert Ware and board member Jay prestage. GM executives held sessions with DAPCEP students attending the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) conference in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Dozens of GM employees volunteered on STEM Day at DAPCEP, an annual event where some 2,000 local students participate in a STEM field. trip. the DAPCEP Michelle reaves received the Excellence in STEAM award from General Motors African Ancestry Network (GMAAN) in February 2021.
Reaves added, “Research shows that only nine percent of black people in the United States hold STEM jobs. After the pandemic, we know communities of color will need more scientists, engineers and researchers to help them. resemble and support them. “
Parents and students interested in learning more about DAPCEP should visit http://www.dapcep.org or call 313-831-3050.
Chandra Lewis, Allen Lewis Agency, 2482070631, Chandra@theallenlewisagency.com