PITTSBURGH, August 19, 2019 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that its corporate
information technology (IT) department has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western
Pennsylvania to introduce students to careers in artificial intelligence (AI) and the fields of
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the development of the PPG AI
Pathways Institute (AIPI) & Teen Accelerator program. The PPG Foundation provided funds to
help support this new initiative.
The three-week, intensive summer program connects students in ninth through 11 th grades who
have a passion for technology to project-based hands-on learning, mentorship, career exposure
and networking opportunities.
“With the support of PPG and the PPG Foundation, we are helping students from historically
underrepresented groups in these fields develop technical skills and confidence in their abilities,
while encouraging them to build personal and professional connections with a diverse group of
peers who share similar passions,” said Lisa M. Abel-Palmieri, president and CEO, Boys & Girls
Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.
More than 40 students and 70 PPG IT employee volunteers participated in the inaugural PPG
AIPI & Teen Accelerator program in early August at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western
Pennsylvania’s Lawrenceville and Carnegie locations.
As part of the program’s curriculum, student groups were tasked with using AI to identify, design
and develop a prototype to solve a community problem. The students were introduced to
computer programming specific to robotics, coding, human-centered design and other topics.
They also had the opportunity to tour PPG’s Coatings Innovation Center (CIC) in Allison Park,
“We are extremely proud to partner with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western
Pennsylvania to give young people in the community early exposure to computer science and
STEM-based careers,” said Chris Caruso, PPG vice president, information technology. “This
program is an incredible way for our PPG employee volunteers to have a positive impact on the
lives, and minds, of our region’s future tech leaders and innovators.”
The students presented their prototypes to their families, school administration, local
government officials and PPG employees at a public showcase and awards day held at PPG’s
Pittsburgh headquarters on August 16.
After completing the program, 40 students were offered paid, part-time positions through the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania for the 2019-2020 school year.
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PPG’s global community engagement efforts and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness
to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $9 million in 2018, supporting hundreds of
organizations across 28 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled
workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we
empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting
their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.bgcwpa.org