NEENAH, WI, February 12, 2014 - Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ: PLXS), today announced that the Plexus Corp. Charitable Foundation has provided $50,000 to the Tesla Engineering Charter School, located within Appleton East High School. The grant was provided to update the Appleton East Manufacturing Lab with a new state-of-the-art CNC milling machine. This equipment will be used by students in Appleton's technology and engineering education programs.
Throughout the past 17 years, Plexus has partnered with the Appleton Area School District’s FIRST® Robotics Competition, Team 93, to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based education in our local community. As an example, in 2013, Plexus employees volunteered over 2,200 hours of their time to provide mentoring and leadership to more than 50 students within this program. FIRST is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people and hosts the national FIRST Robotics Competition.
Oliver Mihm, Sr. Vice President of Global Engineering Solutions and member of the Plexus Corp. Charitable Foundation, commented, "Plexus is excited that our employees efforts and dedication are creating passion for engineering and technology based careers among middle and high school students. We are advocates of STEM based curriculum and the robotics program due to the positive impacts it has on students and society. We take pride in seeing the countless ways students in the robotics program achieve success, as a result of our employees' dedication."
“One recent example of this can be found right within Plexus,” Mihm continued. “As a student, one of our existing employees participated on the FIRST Team 93, graduated from Tesla Engineering Charter School, went on to obtain an engineering degree and recently came on board within our organization as an electrical engineer. He now gives back his own time by mentoring new students in the FIRST program. This type of full circle investment in the lives of our young people is why Plexus is so passionate about volunteering in the community.”
Lee Allinger, Appleton Area School District Superintendent, commented: "Plexus exemplifies what it means to be a true partner in the education of today's students. The Plexus partnership with the Appleton Area School District has been long standing, has provided both financial and capital resources, and provides the invaluable gift of their staff time and expertise to our students who have interest in the engineering field. This most recent gift is yet another example of how supporting the education of today's students has become a part of their corporate mission."
On February 11, the Tesla Engineering Charter School hosted an event to celebrate the recent installation of the new CNC mill and thank the Plexus volunteer mentors for their ongoing dedication to its programs. Plexus remains committed to supporting the Appleton Area School District's STEM based education and looks forward to the continued growth of the Tesla Engineering Charter School.
Lee Allinger, Appleton Area School District Superintendent, Oliver Mihm, Sr. Vice President of Plexus Global Engineering Solutions, teachers, students and Plexus volunteers celebrate the installation of the new CNC equipment on February 11, 2014.
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