Grant Helps Boost Engineering

December 8, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — The SBC Foundation last month accorded Davenport University a $25,000 competitive technology grant.

The foundation — which is the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications Inc. — indicated that it targeted the grant to Davenport’s Grand Rapids area pre-college engineering program.

The program indicates it will use the one-year grant to create an interactive Web site with instant messaging that youngsters from middle schools through graduate schools can access for information about opportunities in technical and engineering careers.

Though housed at Davenport, the engineering program is a collaborative effort of Davenport, Grand Valley State University and the Manufacturers Council of The Right Place Program.

According to the foundation, the grant is one of 50 totaling nearly $1 million that it is awarding in Michigan this year through its SBC Excelerator program.

John Schwartz, director of external affairs for SBC Michigan, said that through SBC Ecelerator, “We’re able to help Michigan nonprofit organizations benefit from the promise of technology.”

He explained that the grants not only help set up Web sites like the engineering programs, but also help nonprofits with technology training for staffers, high-speed Internet and e-mail access, and improved network connections.

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