Clemson’s Project Pipeline pumped with GE Foundation infusion
The General Electric (GE) Foundation has given Clemson University a $100,000 gift for Project Pipeline. The program better prepares minority students from across South Carolina to pursue college degrees. The gift is the fourth installment of a $500,000 grant that spans five years.
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Gifts from Fluor Daniel and John I. Smith Charities supporting the implementation of Math Out of the Box in Greenville County Schools have been received by the Clemson University Foundation. Totaling $10,000, the funds will ensure that the teachers and curriculum leaders at five elementary schools receive professional development in mathematics content knowledge and in teaching strategies to meet goals set for improvement in student achievement.
Project Pipeline enables teachers to prepare and motivate minority students in the state to improve math skills and to pursue technical degrees in college.
Principal investigator and Clemson associate professor Bob Horton said GE’s funding is critical to the program’s success.
“With the tremendous generosity of the GE Foundation, we are able to reach students who otherwise would not achieve their potential in math,” said Horton.
The program is a comprehensive initiative for K-12 that brings together the strengths of three ongoing outreach efforts -- Clemson’s Emerging Scholars and Math Out of the Box (see sidebar this page) and GE’s Close the Gap -- to maximize the impact in transforming math education in key schools. The program focuses on math curriculum development, teacher training and targeted student exposure to inquiry-based math materials.
The GE Foundation (www.gefund.org), the philanthropic foundation of the GE Company, invests in improving educational quality and access and strengthening community organizations in GE communities around the world.
Math Out of the Box™ is a K-5 mathematics curriculum and a companion professional development program for teachers that strives to fulfill the mathematical promise that exists in every child.