Ardagh and PLTW: Expanding Access to STEM-based Career Learning
Full PreK-12 Engineering Pathway Opportunities Impacting 24 Communities
In 2021, PLTW and Ardagh Group announced a major initiative to reach more students in the communities in which Ardagh operates. By supporting implementation and expansion of high-quality STEM-based curricula, Ardagh is empowering more students to explore careers in engineering and other STEM fields as early as PreK. Ardagh’s initial $12 million investment over three years will impact thousands of students in the 24 communities in which they operate in California, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Social sustainability is at the core of our business strategy. We recognize the critical role education, and access to education, plays in ensuring equal opportunities and in building successful, vibrant communities. We are delighted to partner with PLTW and will make an initial investment of $12 million in this multi-year, impactful program. It will drive quality education in STEM disciplines in the U.S. that are key to economic and community development, as well as to our business over the long term.
Working with PLTW will help us to maximize the effectiveness and impact of this significant initiative. It will also guide engagement and volunteer efforts between Ardagh employees and educational institutions, as well as drive improvements in student capabilities, formal testing results and, ultimately, entry into STEM career fields. This investment will lead to more internships at Ardagh, enabling students with practical, hands-on knowledge in STEM disciplines to work with our team here at Ardagh.