NEWTON, MA | February 27, 2007
In honoring Ford Motor Company with its Public-Private Partnership Award, the National Governor’s Association singled out the development and growth of the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS), developed by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with EDC.
Ford PAS is a high school program for the 21st century designed to engage and excite students in business, science, technology, engineering, design and math while building critical problem-solving and innovative thinking and learning skills. Ford PAS, originating in Michigan, is currently used in 130 sites across 21 states and has reached more than 10,000 students since its inception.
“As educators and employers across the country seek ways to prepare young people to carry on the American tradition of innovation, Ford PAS students are developing the knowledge, skills, and creative capacity to become the leaders for this century,” said EDC’s Ford PAS project director, Ilene Kantrov. “EDC is proud to be a partner with Ford Motor Company Fund in this program.”
EDC provides ongoing technical assistance, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, for all sites and partners implementing Ford PAS by hosting an interactive Web site and toll-free hotline and offering a variety of professional development activities. Ford Motor Company Fund and EDC also work with states, districts, and colleges and universities to build collaborations that enhance the success of Ford PAS within schools and communities.
“This award is a great opportunity for us to recognize forward-thinking partnerships between states and corporations,” said NGA Chair Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.
Ford Motor Company was chosen for the award by an independent selection committee. Areas of consideration included education, environment, health care and public safety.