For years, there's been a lot of talk about narrowing the STEM gap in education and the workforce. To help address this issue in Detroit, a potent corporate and nonprofit pairing is going to train women for jobs in STEM.
According to a press release, "Focus: HOPE
and General Motors have joined forces to create the Women In Manufacturing & Technology (WIM Tech) program, a new Manufacturing and Information Technology job preparedness and training program for 60 local women. The program is made possible by a $370,000 grant and $338,000 in laptops and network infrastructure donation from GM."
The release goes on to cite statistics about how poverty rates drops significantly with educational attainment of a family's primary income earner.
"The key to a successful career is opportunities, something that GM has given our graduates and individuals we serve for decades," said Jason D. Lee, CEO of Focus: HOPE, in the press release. "We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with GM and working together to eliminate racism, poverty and injustice."