Cummins gives substantial support to Dream It Do It

JAMESTOWN – Cummins, Inc. Jamestown Engine Plant is pleased to announce a three-year plan to help fund Dream It Do It of Western New York. Funds will be used to form a community education coalition in Chautauqua County and provide a director. This coalition will develop a strategy and pursue opportunities to increase awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing (STEM) careers in the region.

A total of $232,500, from two Cummins sources, will be distributed over a three years period. One source is a Corporate Grant from the Cummins Foundation for $157,500. The first year $90,000 will be available, the second year $45,000 will be available, and the third and final year will be $22,500. The second source is from the Cummins Engine Business Unit for $75,000. It will be distributed in three equal amounts of $25,000 per year.

“Cummins has been instrumental to the startup and success of the Dream It Do It which is an initiative to promote careers in manufacturing,” stated Todd Tranum, President/CEO of Dream It Do It Western New York, President/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier. “With the support of Cummins we were able to launch DIDI in Chautauqua County and expand the program regionally. This funding empowers us to take our efforts to another level. The formation of the Education Coalition focused on the enhancement of STEM opportunities in Chautauqua County will enrich educational opportunities throughout the County and connect our future workforce to careers in our community.”

The mission of the Chautauqua County Education Coalition is to develop and implement solutions to meet the evolving workforce requirements of the community with a focus on enhancing STEM educational opportunities.

Dr. Peter Beeson, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition stated, “We are greatly appreciative of the support of Cummins for our collective efforts to enhance STEM education in Chautauqua County,” Beeson who recently relocated into the area continued, “there are significant opportunities to link the learning that is occurring in primary and secondary education to careers right here in our back yard. This is a County with significant assets to showcase and the STEM Education Coalition, working with the schools and a variety of community partners will help open the eyes of the young minds in our school systems to those assets.”

For more information regarding Dream It Do It Western New York or the STEM Education Coalition call the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce at 366-6200 or 484-1101.