The $20,000 will be dedicated to TEKS Prep and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), two prestigious programs with international credentials designed to propel students toward college or higher learning.
“We are excited because you could be future GE employees and represent Irving and our families in what you decide to do,” said Kristin Larimore, GE Capital Equipment Finance, to a classroom of AVID students. “I hope you will invite me back to meet with you because we want to get to know you, let you know that GE is behind you, and show you that we care about you.”
This year, AVID implementation and expansion impacted over 22,000 students in grades 6-12, including all four of Irving’s high schools. “One Irving” particularly propelled an additional 1,450 students toward college or higher learning at MacArthur High School and the Jack E. Singley Academy. GE Capital Equipment Finance’s contribution and others who have donated to the campaign is of vital importance to the education of our future workforce.
“It’s been really great partnering with the Chamber and Irving ISD. I am excited about what ‘One Irving’ is trying to accomplish. So on behalf of the 2,000 GE employees in the area and our seven businesses, I present this check to the Chamber Education Foundation and to Irving ISD,” Larimore added.
To date, approximately $2.55 million in confirmed pledges have been made to the ‘One Irving’ campaign and continues to grow. Contributions from the business community help keep Irving ISD moving in the right direction in its effort to build a better tomorrow.
The Chamber is committed to the unlimited potential of our youth and advocating the importance of educating our future workforce. Since November of 2011, leaders from the business community have joined the Chamber led campaign to raise $3.1 million for ‘One Irving.’ Its goal is to:
- Educate by increasing the number of college-bound and post-secondary education students through Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), and “The Leader in Me” programs
- Motivate by introducing students to career opportunities that link the need for academic excellence with the expansion of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “Beyond School Walls” initiative
- Celebrate by highlighting Irving’s assets and academic achievements through an image campaign
The Chamber is proud to partner with forward thinking businesses like GE Capital Equipment Finance to increase education attainment and workforce readiness for Irving’s future workforce.