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Providence Supports Expansion of After School STEM Academy

WABS received a $40,000 grant from Providence Health and Services to support the expansion of the After School STEM Academy program throughout WABS member districts in the Puget Sound region. Currently, WABS is able to offer up to 70 After School STEM Academy sessions per quarter; support provided by Providence will help increase this number to 100+ sessions per quarter over the coming years.

Partnership with First Tech Federal Credit Union

WABS is pleased to announce receipt of a grant of $35,000 from First Tech Federal Credit Union to help provide essential STEM programming to children and their families. First Tech is dedicated to helping provide services for children and families, ensuring that children have the tools they need to learn, be healthy, and succeed. This funding will support the Family STEM Night program as well as the After School STEM Academy.

WABS Awarded $275,000 from The Boeing Company

WABS is honored to announce the award of a $275,000 grant to support the Career Connected Learning Initiative, focused on building teacher capacity to support instructional practices that enhance STEM knowledge and engagement in students. The grant also supports the After School STEM Academy and Family STEM Night programs. Boeing Global Engagement invests, innovates, and invests again in efforts that build, enhance and contribute to the social fabric of our world. Boeing Global Engagement’s strategy is to lend expertise and resources where we can to support our future, our heroes, and our communities that employees call home.

WABS Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

Washington Alliance for Better Schools is pleased to announce that it has received a grant for $20,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. The grant supports WABS’ STEM Externship and STEM Fellows programs, which help teachers in area school districts connect classroom learning and career paths for their 4th – 12th grade students. Lessons developed with the help of local businesses, industry experts and higher education professionals will allow students to solve real-world STEM challenges, explore a wide variety of STEM careers and career pathways, and use 21st Century Skills that will help them succeed in college and the workforce. WABS’ STEM programs will serve approximately 95 teachers, whose improved practice will in turn impact over 12,000 students in the region.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as WABS, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of Washington Alliance for Better Schools. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: motorolasolutions.com/foundation. For more information about WABS programs for teachers, visit: wabsalliance.org/academic-leadership.