Olympic High receives $80,000 grant from Bosch

Olympic High’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub Machine Shop Project has received an $80,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund (BCF). The BCF presented the check at the Dec. 11 CMS Board of Education meeting.

The grant money will provide drill presses, lathes, mills and a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining center.

“We are thrilled that the Bosch Community Fund is making this kind of significant and meaningful contribution to 21st century technical education at Olympic High,” said Mike Realon, career and community development coordinator at Olympic.

“This type of donation will go a long way to helping us build an Advanced Manufacturing Center here in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and to give our graduates the great head start they need in their future technical careers.”

The BCF awards up to $3 million annually in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.

“Helping to foster students’ interest in and excitement about STEM-related careers is a priority at Bosch,” said Berend Bracht, president and CEO of Bosch Rexroth Americas and chairman of the BCF board of directors. “We strive to provide resources to teachers and offer positive opportunities for students. Industry working in concert with academia is key to helping develop the next-generation STEM workforce. Preparing students for these jobs is crucial not only to the growth of the individual, but also to industry and to the communities in which they live and work.”