Pershing High School adopted by Lear Corporation to assist students with math, engineering, technology and science studies

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    Lear Corporation announced it is adopting Pershing High School to help the school cultivate its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs and provide basic educational resources for its students. Pershing’s curriculum is focused STEM.

    Under the new program, Pershing students will be able to take advantage of specialty resources provided by Lear, including engineers who will teach specialty STEM courses, added classroom resources and overall school improvements. The corporation is making a $500,000 contribution to the school to purchase classroom materials as well as materials needed for athletics and music programs. The contribution is being made through the Michigan Educational Excellence Foundation.

    Lear is a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems with deep roots in Detroit. This new relationship signifies its investment in the success of Pershing’s students and their education.

    “This is a tremendous investment in the young people at Pershing by an outstanding corporate citizen,” said Education Achievement Authority of Michigan Chancellor Dr. John Wm. Covington. “The willingness of Lear engineers to assist with STEM courses will be a perfect complement to the individualized learning plans that are developed for each student in an Education Achievement Authority school. That combined with the financial support they are providing will make a tremendous difference in improving the education of Pershing students.”

    Pershing is a part of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, which just began its second year of operation. Tests this spring showed that 64 percent of students at the 12 schools that the Education Achievement Authority runs directly achieved a year’s or more growth in reading, and 58 percent gained 1.5 year’s growth or more. In math, 68 percent of students at the 12 schools achieved a year’s or more growth, and 59 percent achieved at least 1.5 year’s growth.

    “At Lear, one of our core values and a very important element of our overall mission is to support the communities where we do business. We are proud to dedicate resources to make sure Pershing’s students are educationally enriched and ready to be competitive within our global economy. We feel it is our responsibility to provide young people with opportunities to succeed and to go on to make the world a better place for everyone,” said Matt Simoncini, Lear president and CEO.

    Pershing’s curriculum is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

    Pershing Principal Gregory King said the new relationship means:

    • that students will be taught more STEM courses to help prepare them for jobs of the future.

    • that students will learn with new math and science technology tools — virtual software and software to design electronics such as video games.

    • that students will learn in smaller classrooms to get the attention they need.

    • that students will graduate from Pershing High School college, career and workforce ready.

    The Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF) is helping the Education Achievement Authority raise funds for its schools. Funds raised by the foundation are being used to develop innovations in education across Michigan that can be implemented expediently to help foster their success. This includes identifying corporate partnerships to help schools excel in their specialty areas.

    “MEEF was formed because Michigan’s future is absolutely dependent on making our education system a success for our students, our teachers, our parents and our economy and we wanted a foundation to facilitate corporate support for our schools,” said MEEF Chair Steve Hamp, “Lear Corporation’s adoption of Pershing High School is a perfect example of the kind of corporate support that will help move our schools, and Michigan, forward. They are to be congratulated for their concern and for following up on that concern with concrete action that will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the students at Pershing.”

    Pershing is one of six high schools assigned to the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan in 2012. The Education Achievement Au­thority of Michigan which began operating nine elementary/middles schools and six high schools in Detroit last September, has replaced the old “one size fits all” model of education with a new student-centered approach that works with each student individually.

    The Education Achieve­ment Authority of Michigan concentrates its funding at the school level, with more than 90 percent of the funds going to the individual schools and not the central office. Principals are empowered to assemble their own staff and then held accountable for their results.

    Pershing is still accepting students for enrollment. Call or visit the school to enroll.

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