The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $50,000 to Discovery Place’s new professional development program for educators of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The new program, which will be housed at the Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development adjacent to Discovery Place’s complex in Charlotte, N.C., will be dedicated to providing pre-K through 12th-grade STEM educators with intensive learning experiences and ongoing support.

“PPG’s generous donation is helping Discovery Place in its endeavor to expand professional development programs for teachers and other instructional leaders across the Carolinas,” says Catherine Wilson Horne, president and CEO of Discovery Place. “By developing top-tier teachers through the new center, Discovery Place will continue to help young people strengthen their science literacy so they can become tomorrow’s engineers and scientists supporting employers such as PPG.”

Programs are expected to be available to educators beginning in spring 2014.

“As a company dedicated to innovation and serving the communities in which we operate, Discovery Place’s new educator development center is an exciting project to be a part of,” says Sue Sloan, executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation. “Providing students in the Carolinas with well-trained, top-notch STEM teachers and the support to excel in these critical fields is important to the vitality of the region and of companies like PPG that do business here.”