STAMFORD, CTSeptember 16, 2020 —The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF), is pleased to announce it has been a recipient of a one-time $35,000 grant from the Deloitte Foundation as part of its WorldClass Grant Challenge. The award recognizes organizations that have a demonstrated approach to helping people on a path to success. This one-time grant will go towards SPEF’s programming efforts for the 2020-2021 school year.

During the 2017—18 school year, Deloitte began volunteering with SPEF through volunteering in the Early College Studies (ECS) initiative. This innovative program is designed to prepare Stamford High School students to be successful in a variety of technical college and career fields.  It provides a rigorous course load plus access to courses at Norwalk Community College. Together this combination gives students the opportunity to graduate high school and earn an associate degree in a technology-based field. SPEF’s mentoring program is a key component of ECS; annually approximately 60 of Deloitte’s professionals generally mentor more than 30 students.

The funding from the Deloitte Foundation WorldClass Grant Challenge will help SPEF continue delivering college and career readiness programs to the students of Stamford Public Schools, including its new Pathways program for students who have graduated from high school and are interested in following a vocational, technical, or military career, or have not yet identified a college or career track. Each student in the program works with a resource specialist/counselor who follows along and supports them to reach their goals.

About SPEF: Founded in 1996, the mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is to deliver educational programs and resources that elevate student, educator, and parent success by bridging the gap between needs in the Stamford Public Schools and resources in our community. The Foundation strives to enable each and every student in the Stamford Public Schools to graduate high school and enter college, career training, or fulltime employment ready to succeed. For further information, visit www.spefct.org.

About the Deloitte Foundation
The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization that supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the next generation of diverse business leaders and their influencers and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefiting high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and educators. Learn more about the Deloitte Foundation.

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