Press release from Stamford Public Education Foundation:
Sept. 18, 2020
The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF), is pleased to announce it has been a recipient of a one-time $35,000 grant from the Deloitte Foundation as part of its WorldClass Grant Challenge.
The award recognizes organizations that have a demonstrated approach to helping people on a path to success. This one-time grant will go towards SPEF’s programming efforts for the 2020-2021 school year.
During the 2017—18 school year, Deloitte began volunteering with SPEF through volunteering in the Early College Studies (ECS) initiative. This innovative program is designed to prepare Stamford High School students to be successful in a variety of technical college and career fields. It provides a rigorous course load plus access to courses at Norwalk Community College.
Together this combination gives students the opportunity to graduate high school and earn an associate degree in a technology-based field. SPEF’s mentoring program is a key component of ECS; annually approximately 60 of Deloitte’s professionals generally mentor more than 30 students.
The funding from the Deloitte Foundation WorldClass Grant Challenge will help SPEF continue delivering college and career readiness programs to the students of Stamford Public Schools, including its new Pathways program for students who have graduated from high school and are interested in following a vocational, technical, or military career, or have not yet identified a college or career track. Each student in the program works with a resource specialist/counselor who follows along and supports them to reach their goals.
This press release was produced by Stamford Public Education Foundation. The views expressed here are the author’s own.