Too often, underrepresented students simply don’t receive the resources, guidance and level of support needed to aid their pursuit of a successful STEM career.
Working in concert with the educational 501(c)3 Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), Ford is making a concerted effort to eliminate those barriers.
Ford is donating $250,000 to the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program to create a new signature program that encourages high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Called “Future Forward,” this program will engage 80 underrepresented students in a series of engineering courses, internships and mentoring experiences to ensure they gain the aptitude, motivation and preparation needed to pursue successful STEM careers.
“I know from personal experience that young men and women in underserved communities need help overcoming the societal and financial obstacles that can derail even the most ambitious students who have significantly less access to achieving the American Dream,” said Ken Washington, chief technology officer, Ford Motor Company. “As Ford builds the future of mobility, we are building the ladders for a more diverse group of young people to reach their goals while helping us transform the world through programs such as Future Forward with the Detroit Area Prep-College Engineering Program.”
Intended to engage boys and girls in 11th and 12th grade, Future Forward will support students with pre-college preparation courses, mentorship from Ford employees and the opportunity to apply for summer internships at the company.
“DAPCEP is thrilled to be selected to receive Ford STEM Signature Program funding. Ford has been one of DAPCEP’s founding partners and their decades of support has been vital to our impact in the community,” said DAPCEP Executive Director Michelle Reaves. “According to recent UCLA research, 22% of Black students and 29% of Latinx students complete a STEM degree within six years. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that...