Norfolk Southern powers STEM education through Thriving Communities Grants

Norfolk Southern is continuing to elevate the communities where we live, work, and do business. Our Thriving Communities Grant Program is promoting sustainability, workforce development, and community resiliency across our 22-state network.

Recently, we awarded $10,000 to the Tri-County STEMersion program. This initiative, focused on workforce development and career readiness, plays a pivotal role in bridging the gap between education and industry in South Carolina's Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.

Nurturing future STEM leaders

Tri-County STEMersion is a professional development institute designed for educators and counselors. It provides a unique opportunity for participants to engage directly with local industries, gaining insights from top employers in the region. The program includes industry tours, hands-on workplace experiences, collaborative forums, and expert panel discussions. Educators create innovative, industry-inspired lessons, while counselors develop inventive ways to convey industry-specific guidance. The deliverables from the program are integrated into South Carolina's K-12 education system.

Making a lasting impact

“Norfolk Southern's contribution to Tri-County STEMersion reflects a shared vision for community enhancement and a commitment to nurturing the next generation of STEM leaders,” said Michelle McDonald, Tri-County STEMersion Planning Team Partner and Deputy Director of the Dorchester County Economic Development. “This partnership exemplifies the positive outcomes that can be achieved when businesses actively engage in supporting education and workforce development initiatives, and we appreciate Norfolk Southern’s willingness to invest in our community.”

Norfolk Southern's $10,000 donation supports Tri-County STEMersion's 2024 program. The funds will be allocated towards a variety of program needs including STEM supplies, lesson plan and program materials, training stipends, and event expenses like transportation, meals, and venue costs. The 2024 program aims to engage 150 educators and counselors, recruit 15 returning STEM ambassadors, and engage over 25,000 students and parents.

Apply today for our Thriving Communities Grant Program

Please check here for the eligibility requirements and program guidelines to see if your organization may be interested in applying for the Norfolk Southern Thriving Communities Grant Program.