By DAVID GRAVELY
Tuesday, October 5th was a good day for students in Pulaski County who one day aspire to land a job that requires a solid base of experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. , because it was announced that a significant contribution had been received.
Volvo Trucks has partnered with the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to deliver a $ 24,000 gift to Pulaski County Middle School to purchase new teaching equipment and technology for to further equip the STEM and technological laboratory within the recently built school.
“Investing in the development of a STEM lab at the new Pulaski County Middle School is more than a corporate commitment, it’s an investment in students, new technologies and career paths right here in the world. Pulaski County ”, Franky Marchand, vice president and said the general manager of the Volvo Trucks plant in New River Valley. “Our desire is to boost the creativity of today’s students in a STEM Lab environment within the College. We believe that engaging in scientific discovery with increased technological knowledge will bring benefits in the lives of students and in their future careers. We are excited to get involved with the county in this STEM and tech lab project. “
Pulaski County Public Schools offer qualifying high school students, through STEM Academy, several career paths. These include engineering and technology, production, therapeutic services, construction, law, public safety, and corrections and security.
Student learning and achievement is enhanced through the integration of core academics, a STEM-focused curriculum, applied technologies, and increased participation in leadership events of student professional and technical organizations .
The overall goals of Pulaski County STEM Academy are to provide students with enriched 21st century STEM technology skills and the knowledge necessary for success in post-secondary education and the world of work.
“One of the great things about being an educator in Pulaski County is the support we get from our local industries. Each year, our industry and community partners find ways to support student learning in creative ways. Today we are celebrating one of those partnerships with a donation to our PCMS Robotics Lab, ”said Megan Atkinson, CTE Director, Pulaski County Public Schools. “We plan to purchase robotics kits so that every Tech Ed student has the chance to work on a robotic system suitable for development. As they progress through Grades 6 through 7 and 8, they will be challenged with a new experience that develops critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving. We are very grateful to our community partners and their dedication to the future workforce in Pulaski County.
Pulaski County STEM Academy, which is located on the Pulaski County High School campus, allows students in Grades 9 to 12 to explore career paths while incorporating Virginia work preparation skills for the Commonwealth.
“Volvo’s generosity and partnership with the Supervisory Board will help accelerate the availability of the latest teaching technologies in science, technology, engineering and math for our middle-aged students who can to be at the critical crossroads of interests in pursuing a future in STEM, ”said Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Having a well-equipped state-of-the-art lab within our college dramatically improves experiential learning opportunities for our students and provides a foundation of understanding, appreciation and enjoyment for STEM subjects that will give a head. to our students in Pulaski County – start preparing for the 21st century jobs of tomorrow. We are grateful that Volvo is willing to help us make such a significant investment in the education of our children and further demonstrate their sincere commitment to our community.
Dr. Kevin Siers, Superintendent of Public Schools in Pulaski County, was also grateful for the contribution to the educational experience of Pulaski County students.
“Pulaski County Public Schools greatly appreciate the financial assistance and incredible support given to our technology education program by Volvo and our local government over the past few years,” said Dr. Siers. “The funds donated this week will be used to provide each technology student with the equipment needed to develop skills in robotics. This contribution creates an incredible opportunity for our students to move forward as leaders in our region and our teachers are excited about the future of our program.
Pulaski County is currently home to the only Volvo Truck plant in North America and nine international industries in Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Colombia and Poland. Other international business partnerships are also sought. In 2018, a group from Pulaski including members of the Pulaski County Economic Development Team traveled to Turkey to build relationships there.
Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: quality, safety and environmental friendliness. Volvo VNR, VNL, VNX, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled at the New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia. The New River Valley plant is certified to ISO50001 energy standards. Both factories are certified according to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards. The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment, and marine and industrial engines and employs approximately 110,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products over more of 190 markets.