The Team Eagle Foundation (TEF) presented New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) with a check for $25,000 to support the rebirth of the Summer Jobs Program, “Experience Manufacturing” and Leadership Excellence – Direct Results (LEDR).
Funds will be used to develop new support programs to help expose young people to the High-Tech World of Manufacturing / STEM and encourage them to consider the industry as a career path. Through these programs, students will have access to incredible professional experiences in the manufacturing industry through Summer Jobs, Internships, and Pre-Apprenticeships.
“I’m thrilled to see the Team Eagle Foundation expand its partnership with NJMEP. There is so much opportunity waiting in the manufacturing industry. Students, their parents, and educators just need to know what’s out there,” Explained John W. Kennedy, Ph.D., CEO, NJMEP. He continued, “The average annual income of a New Jersey manufacturing professional is over $90,000 a year. This 9-year partnership between TEF and NJMEP will be active in reversing the outdated image of the industry by providing students the chance to experience it for themselves. This is a massive step forward for manufacturing and New Jersey.”
Team Eagle Foundation and NJMEP have been working together to support scholarships like the “Anthony DeSantis Service to America’ and the ‘Bob Beaman -B-Involved” Scholarships, along with community outreach like the “Leadership Excellence-Direct Results” (LEDR) program, a Strategic Youth Mentoring camp for Students ages 15-20 for nearly a decade. This partnership has helped over 330 young adults and has invested over a half a million dollars into these Young Adults, and now will expand even further.
This $25,000 investment will be matched “dollar for dollar” by NJMEP and 100% will be invested in youth programs. Both organizations will be looking for additional supporters, and the return of the ‘Jersey Guys Golf Outing’ in July will continue to fund Scholarships.
New Jersey needs strong leaders and fresh new professionals in the manufacturing industry. Through this partnership, TEF and NJMEP will be able to bolster their efforts, continue supporting the local community, and assist in creating the manufacturing workforce of the future.
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