BATON ROUGE, La. — The Terracon Foundation recently awarded a $1,775 community grant to Junior Achievement (JA) of Baton Rouge that will be used to promote the interest of local high school students in careers related to science, technology, engineering, and math.
Terracon Foundation community grants support local nonprofit programs that Terracon employees are actively involved with, in the communities where they live and work.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to helping young people own their economic success. In the Greater Baton Rouge area, 17,000 K-12 students participate in JA financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs each year. JA is a student focused, volunteer led organization connecting the classroom to the “real world.”
Lisa Smith, client development specialist in the Terracon Baton Rouge office, applied for and presented the grant to Junior Achievement. Paula Bradley, JA senior education manager, accepted the grant, and Kathy Arnes, JA area president, expressed her appreciation.
“We are grateful to Lisa and the Terracon team for being a JA Job Shadow host. In our area, workforce shortages in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields are on the rise,” Arnes said. “However, because of community partners such as Terracon, teenagers are able to spend the day ‘on the job’ and explore career opportunities available to them in the areas of science and engineering right here in Baton Rouge.”
The Terracon Foundation was established in 2008 and expanded considerably in 2012 to provide a broader range of grant opportunities. The Terracon Foundation also provides national partner grants, university grants, and employee dependent scholarships. During 2013, the foundation awarded grants of more than $375,000.
“Last year, we hosted JA high school students for a JA Job Shadow program for the first time, and the students were excited to learn about job opportunities and roles at Terracon,” Smith said. “After the program, one of the students joined the Terracon team as a part-time employee. We look forward to continuing to inspire next generation engineers and scientists through our partnership with Junior Achievement.”
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit www.terracon.com.