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Aviation Academy Awarded $15,000 Grant From Alcoa Foundation

(11/28/2016) - Denbigh High School’s Aviation Academy has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Alcoa Foundation to expand afterschool learning opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education through clubs and organizations.

The grant will be used to launch two new afterschool clubs: an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle club and a manufacturing club geared towards female students. Members of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle club will learn to build and fly vehicles or drones using remote controllers or pre-programmed flight plans. The manufacturing club will educate and expose young women to manufacturing careers to help inspire the next generation of leadership and talent.

Over the past three years, the Alcoa Foundation has awarded the Aviation Academy $83,000 in grants and other funding to support the academy’s aviation, technology, and manufacturing curriculum.

In 2014, the Aviation Academy was selected for PRIME® (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) designation through the SME Education Foundation. PRIME® is an educational initiative designed to bring together organizations, businesses and exemplary high schools in a community-based, partnered approach to advanced manufacturing/STEM education. Through PRIME®, the SME Education Foundation provides the conduit to engage students, teachers and schools in the real world of industry and business.

About Denbigh High School’s Aviation Academy
Denbigh High School’s Aviation Academy is a highly specialized, four-year program with concentrated areas of study in aviation maintenance, aviation management and technology. Students take several classes at the "airport campus" at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport; all other classes are conducted at Denbigh High School. The curriculum gives students a strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics foundation, as well as enhanced reading and writing skills. The program is designed to develop leadership, citizenship and academic skills. For more information, visit http://avi.nn.k12.va.us.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $480 million. Founded 64 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $635 million in communities worldwide. In 2015, 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 Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. For more information, visitalcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

About SME
SME (formally the Society of Manufacturing Engineers) and the SME Education Foundation’s PRIME® initiative actively engages and builds a collaborative network between manufacturing students, educators, and industry to grow and train the next generation workforce while driving interest and awareness in manufacturing. PRIME® represents a tailored approach to a strong regional model impacted by industry and bolstered by SME.  The educational initiative is designed to bring together organizations, businesses, and high schools in a community-based, partnered approach to advanced manufacturing/STEM education.

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