Woodward Director of Manufacturing, Keith Korasick recently presented Poudre High School with a $5,000 donation and shared that Woodward intends to donate an additional $5,000 to assist Poudre School District in implementing high school clean energy academies.
“Woodward is an exceptional business partner and I appreciate their dedication to assisting in the education of the youth in our community,”¯ says Jerry Wilson, Ph.D., PSD Superintendent. “Supporting our students through internships, scholarships and now the financial assistance to start the clean energy academies is extremely generous. We look forward to future partnership opportunities and to feedback on how our instruction translates to career preparation and the working world.”¯
Poudre High School is working to implement a clean energy academy in 2012. Thanks to the generous support of Woodward, PSD will be able to provide teacher stipends for a teacher leader, planning, curriculum development, substitutes for collaboration and some classroom supplies. In addition, the materials developed will be shared district wide with other clean energy academies to benefit even more students. The $10,000 donation will make a substantial difference in the startup of the PSD academies and the student-learning environment.
“Woodward is deeply committed to supporting programs and organizations that ensure our communities are desirable places to live and work,”¯ says Chad Preiss, President, Engine Systems, Woodward. “We are pleased to be able to contribute toward the Poudre School District's clean energy programs. As other local companies learn about these valuable programs, we hope they will join us in helping to ensure that northern Colorado has the talent to support current and future clean energy businesses.”¯
Many PSD comprehensive high schools are starting career academies in which students can explore career paths and begin a post-secondary focus within a specific academic interest area. Academies will operate as a school-within-a-school with a focus on an area such as clean energy, arts, bioscience, geospatial technology, etc.
“PSD students are the real winners in this great partnership,”¯ says Poudre High School Principal George Osborne, upon receiving the donation. “PSD appreciates the community support as high school clean air academies are implemented and that knowledge is shared with other schools throughout the district.”¯
To learn more about the clean energy academy at Poudre High
School, contact George Osborne at
Woodward, Inc. headquartered in Fort Collins, designs and manufactures hydro-mechanical and electronic fuel controls and delivery systems, subsystems and components.