Partners in Education
Launched in September 2008, our Partners in Education program was designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next generation automotive engineering. We began with a five-year, $2.1 million Partners in Education initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., area.
In March 2009, the Volkswagen Group of America announced a $5.28 million expansion of the Partners in Education program in Tennessee, the new home of its manufacturing operations in the U.S. With this expansion, the partnerships with primary and secondary schools, universities, and a leading national laboratory positively impact students throughout their educational experience and throughout the state. We now proudly support students and teachers at Chattanooga State Community College, Fisk University, Hamilton County Public Schools, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, and University of Tennessee – Knoxville.
Partners in Education — Tennessee
Chattanooga State Community College
Volkswagen's partnerships with educational institutions began with Chattanooga State Community College, the lead institution for workforce training at the Chattanooga Volkswagen Plant. The training for the Volkswagen Training Academy in Chattanooga consists of standardized global training found in Germany and throughout Volkswagen Group worldwide. Chattanooga State also partners with Volkswagen to develop a customized curriculum.
At Fisk University, the partnership supports high-achieving students who are engaged in community service by establishing a Volkswagen fellowship, in which students combine elements such as environmental studies, service learning projects, and global business projects.
Hamilton County Public Schools
A multi-year, multifaceted partnership with Hamilton County Public Schools supports a summer teacher training institute, providing teachers with appropriate training to keep pace with the state's new, more rigorous educational standards. Additional funds help Calvin Donaldson Elementary School transform a building that is currently unusable into working student labs. Finally, the company supports preparation for the ACT college exam, helping to improve Hamilton County students' performance on standardized college admission exams.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory establishes a Volkswagen Scholars Program for upper division and post-graduate students interested in careers in the automotive industry. The program is run through Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a non-profit organization that works closely with Oak Ridge National Labs in the management of many of its student internship and post-graduate fellowship programs.
Tennessee State University
At Tennessee State University, funds provide student scholarships and faculty support in the Colleges of Business and Engineering. The funds support an Endowed chair for Supply Chain Management, student scholarships, and pre-engineering math and science programs ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade.
University of Memphis
The partnership with the University of Memphis supports an initiative to recruit, retain, and prepare the next generation of specialists in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This program links schools with local businesses and reaches down to the kindergarten level to encourage interest in STEM subject areas.
The University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
The partnership with the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga supports the new Volkswagen Competitive Challenge fund, providing financial assistance to students for team projects, as well as support for faculty research, travel, recruitment, and outreach. Funding at The University of Tennessee – Chattanooga particularly focuses on engineering, international studies, and computer and environmental sciences.
The University of Tennessee – Knoxville
At the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, the Volkswagen Engagement Endowment Fund provides student aid and faculty support in several different areas. These categories include supply chain logistics, mechanical engineering, and environmental engineering.