Cornerstone is proud to announce their partnership with the Dorchester 2 Foundation, an organization with a mission to Mission: to create and build partnerships to support the advancement of education in our community.
The foundation works with the community in several ways:
Impact Initiatives are projects that have been identified by District Two Superintendent Joe Pye and confirmed by the Foundation Board of Directors, as beneficial to learning on a large scale, but not possible within the standard budget. Often these initiatives allow opportunity for business and community partnership in addition to financial support.
Innovation Awards are submitted by district staff and are scored by leaders from the community, regional industry, and the school district. In three years, the foundation has awarded 28 grants for a total of $92,000! 18,764 students benefit from these programs annually. In December 2017, nine grants were awarded and will benefit 4,604 students.
Currently the Foundation’s Impact Initiative is a $1 Million campaign to equip the Advanced Manufacturing Center scheduled to open in 2018-2019.
In spring of 2016 a Manufacturing Advisory Committee was created to include representatives from business and industry, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, SC Department of Commerce, SC Department of Education, local colleges and technical school, architects, SC Ready Program, Dorchester Two Educational Foundation, and district & school administrators. Goals of this endeavor are to prepare our students for well-paying jobs as well as support existing industries, play a key role in the recruitment of new industry, and build a pipeline of talented local workers able to fill the existing and forecasted labor shortage.
Cornerstone recently attended and sponsored “The Big Event” in support of the Foundation. Pictured below are a few members of the team enjoying a night of fun for a good cause!
To learn more about the foundation and how you can help, visit their website. https://dd2foundation.org/