Here are pictures worth a thousand words. Students K-12 once carried a few books in a backpack. Now they need computers, programmable robots, and will face emerging technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, data science, and latest internet infrastructure.
Hands-on knowledge of these technologies is vital for students to prepare for advanced education and the future job market where tens of millions of new jobs will be created.
For a small public school, teaching emerging technologies is required to assure students will be competitive with students from large-city school districts. Here is blunt reality:
Without additional financial assistance, small-town school budgets simply cannot afford the curriculum updates and related support infrastructure necessary to assure fully competitive students.
Our Foundation will build funds that proactively support the curriculum upgrades and related infrastructure and teacher effectiveness programs that allow Union City to compete with or outperform schools of any size.
In good economic times and bad, School leadership has maintained a can-do culture and our teachers have delivered quality education that has helped UC students accomplish great things in their lives and careers.
It's a tough job. Our teachers are not highly paid. Our Teacher Grant program was inspired, in part, by the truth that many teachers spend their own money to bring ideas to life in the classroom. The Covid-19 pandemic has added new demands and new stress.
The Foundation was inspired by awareness that teacher skill and dedication is not enough. Our teachers must have curricula, tools and training that assure they are able to prepare students for the changing needs of 21st Century education.
The Teacher Grant program was a start. Now we need to climb higher, whether our individual goals are to pay it back, pay it forward, or make a difference in our home town.
Visiting alumni who remember "the good old days" in Union City are saddened by the evident impact of the plant-closing era. But our historically resilient town is making a spirited comeback, and the educational system is a vital element of the revitalization effort.
Shown here is the rendering for Vision Corner, planned replacement of the long-time eyesore at the northeast corner of Columbia and Pearl. Multiple high-school entrepreneurial activities, including downtown studios for KISS-TV and an Apache Design retail center. Students will have an incredible live learning opportunity in multiple aspects of communication, business operation and entrepreneurship. A Ball State Letterman Center working partnership has been established.
The city owns and is refurbishing the building. The build-out of education equipment and infrastructure is an excellent example of a Foundation's ability to make a major difference. In this case, including the possibility of a regional vocational center.
A few minutes that make clear why the game has changed in supporting today's educational realities. The second video shows the fund-structure in our Foundation.
This structure will evolve over time, but this video makes clear that we are addressing student scholarships, teacher projects and morale, introduction of important technologies and the kind of Visionary projects that Vision Center represents.
The LAUNCH Phase Allows Immediate Action and Establishes Momentum:
The LAUNCH Phase Provides Flexible Seed Dollars, Usable as Needed
NEXT STEPS: The form below supports donation by credit card or mailed check.
Just as importantly, it includes an invitation for dialog:
Your questions, comments, goals and ideas.
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Action 1: $25 - $99
Action 2: $100 - $249
Action 3: $250 - $499
Action 4: $500 - $999
Impact 1: $1.000 - $2,499
Impact 2: $2.500 - $4,999
Impact 3: $5.000 - $7,499
Impact 4: $7,500 - $9,999
Vision 1: $10,000 - $24,999
Vision 2: $25,000 - $49,999
Vision 3: $50,000 - $99,999
Vision 4: $100,000 +