Culver City, CA (August 3, 2015) – Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the award of a grant from the Alcoa Foundation. This grant for the ECF Kayne Eras Center School will support the work of the Kayne Eras Coding Academy, which teaches basic programming and computer science principles to ninth and tenth grade students with special needs. The grant also supports the Alcoa Foundation’s efforts to develop the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals.
“Since technology is a way for many young people to become more engaged with learning and interacting with their peers, we look forward to expanding our coding program to the tenth grade and are very grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for this gift,” said Scott Bowling, President and CEO of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation.
“On behalf of Alcoa Foundation, we are so pleased to award this grant to the Coding Academy at the ECF Kayne Eras Center School, since we think that STEM education and training provide critical skills to prepare young people for the workforce,” explained Sarena Frank of Alcoa AFSR Carson aerospace fasteners operations.
Alcoa is a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing, and the Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States. Founded 63 years ago, the Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $615 million. In 2014, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of the Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their time and talents to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. In 2014, through the company’s signature Month of Service program, 58 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 700,000 people and 500 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com.
About Exceptional Children’s Foundation
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,700 clients and their families at 15 program sites, in clients’ homes, and in community settings throughout Los Angeles County. Established in 1946, ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit www.ECF.net and connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.