Cumulative grant funds science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education courses
On June 6, the Ingersoll Rand Foundation presented a $100,000 grant to the Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) to fund Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) National Certification training courses for under/unemployed individuals in the Charlotte, N.C. area.
The check presentation, hosted by the Ingersoll Rand Foundation, the Black Employee Network (BEN) and the Urban League of Central Carolinas, featured leaders from both organizations, students of the program and many community supporters.
“It is becoming increasingly important to support organizations like the ULCC that encourage individuals in the Charlotte area to get the necessary HVAC skills to pursue careers in manufacturing,” said Dave Regnery, president, Commercial HVAC North America and EMEA strategic business unit (SBU), and executive sponsor of the Ingersoll Rand BEN. “We are honored to help this organization and support the men and women working towards HVAC National Certifications.”
The grant will help connect skilled workers with area employers. A recent survey by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers.
“The partnership announced today symbolizes the type of collaboration between corporations, not for profits and educational institutions needed to create stability for families. This investment will allow us to help more individuals obtain living wage jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities.” said Dr. Patrick Graham, president/CEO of the Urban League of Central Carolinas.
The Davidson BEN chapter identified this opportunity to help the Urban League. Dr. Graham spoke about the state of ethnic Charlotte at a Davidson campus 2013 BEN event. After learning more about the ULCC and specifically the HVAC certification program, the BEN team approached Ingersoll Rand senior leaders and the Ingersoll Rand Foundation with a proposal to fund a grant for their HVAC National Certification training courses.
“BEN and the Ingersoll Rand Foundation are looking forward to building a greater partnership with the Urban League, assisting individuals on their road to financial stability and building employable skills that are important to companies like Ingersoll Rand,” said Tony Norwood, vice president, Human Resources, Power Tools strategic business unit (SBU) and Davidson co-chair, Ingersoll Rand BEN.