Wells Fargo supports Region 2000 STEM initiatives

Wells Fargo supports Region 2000 STEM initiatives

The Future Focus Foundation, the education foundation of Virginia’s Region 2000 Technology Council, has received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support Lynchburg Regional FIRST LEGO League and to purchase equipment for the new XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy.

FIRST programs have been a successful part of our region’s S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering, and math) program for over five years annually reaching over 200 participants. FIRST LEGO League is “an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites and enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9-14 (grades 4-8).”  The Future Focus Foundation has taken the lead role in organizing the tournament with the continued support of Central Virginia Community College.  The tournament is scheduled for November 9, 2013 at Timberlake Christian School.

The XLR8-Lynchburg Regional STEM Academy is scheduled to launch in August in 2013, with the first class of students taking dual enrolled courses in the “Pathway to Engineering.”   Support from the Wells Fargo Foundation will allow the purchase of necessary robotic equipment for academy coursework. The XLR8-STEM Academy is an initiative to offer local students the opportunity to graduate with multiple options for success in STEM industry fields or pursing post-secondary education.  XLR8 dovetails with current regional K-12 STEM activities and workforce development initiatives. The goal of this institution will be to help close the gap between education and industry, furthering the economic vitality of this region.

“Wells Fargo is proud to support this initiative,” said Luke Towles, Wells Fargo Business Banking manager and Lynchburg market president.  “The vision of the Future Focus Foundation is to expand science, technology, engineering, and math opportunities to K-12 students here in Lynchburg and this grant will help accomplish that by providing equipment and supporting fun and interactive tournaments, which is critical to the success of our future leaders.”

“We are very thankful for the Wells Fargo Foundation’s generous contribution in support of FIRST LEGO League and our new XLR8 Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy,” said Managing Director of the Future Focus Foundation Elizabeth Narehood.  “Both of these initiatives represent large-scale collaborative community efforts and could not be possible without the support of companies like Wells Fargo.  Wells Fargo recognizes the needs of the region’s businesses and building an exceptional, technically skilled workforce is critical to many of the companies in our region.  We applaud Wells Fargo for being proactive in taking business needs as a call to community action.”

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

About the Future Focus Foundation

The Future Focus Foundation is the product of a vision to expand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities to K-12 students located in Lynchburg City and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell. These five localities make up the region defined as “Virginia’s Region 2000.” Virginia’s Region 2000 Technology Council, a partner organization in Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership, ranked STEM education as a top critical issue to strategic planning and a necessity for regional workforce preparation.  For more information, see www.futurefocusfoundation.us.

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