Texas Instruments made a $5 million commitment to the Plano Independent School District (PISD) to help launch its new STEM academy (science, technology, engineering, and math). The academy will be housed in an existing building at 1701 Alma, and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. It will combine project-based learning with rigorous coursework for students in 9th and 10th grades.
"The academy will help Plano students succeed and build a strong technical workforce which is critical to the entire region's future economic vitality,” said Arturo Sanchez, TI director of education and workforce development. Mr. Sanchez added, "This is the next phase in TI's long relationship with Plano ISD, a district where many TI employees live and educate their children," "TI is committed to improving STEM education in the communities where we operate, and this significant investment demonstrates our commitment to North Texas." (11/2/11)