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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Robbinsville NJ Company Invests in STEM via Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County


ROBBINSVILLE — A capital investment from a Robbinsville company will help teens prepare for college and technical school as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.

The Nordson Corporation Foundation has pledged $500,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County’s More Than Hope campaign, to support the construction of a STEM Center as part of a new Boys and Girls Club being built in Lawrence Township.

"Nordson is proud to support the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County in their expansion efforts," said Cecilia H. Render, executive director of the foundation. "We partner with Boys and Girls Clubs all over the country due to our shared focus on the importance of providing a safe place for students to learn when they’re out of school."

Nordson and the Boys and Girls Club share a mutual commitment to improving educational outcomes that enable individuals to become self-sufficient, active participants in the community.

Every year, the Boys and Girls Club offers 400 teens in the greater Mercer County area academic enrichment, character development and career preparation programs. Through the More Than Hope capital campaign, the Boys and Girls Club plans to double the number of teens served to enable more teens to graduate from high school and enter into post secondary career pathways.
"We are thrilled to partner with Nordson to build the STEM center in our new community center," said David E. Anderson, executive director. "This extraordinary commitment from Nordson will help provide teens with the tools they need to enter into STEM careers."

The new Boys and Girls Club will also accommodate a gymnasium, teen and technology centers, a food court and teaching kitchen, and several multipurpose classrooms.

"When we saw the plans to include a STEM Center in the new building, we knew it was a perfect fit for Nordson and our efforts to increase students’ awareness of science and technology," Ms. Render added.

The Nordson pledge to the capital campaign builds on its annual support for the Boys and Girls Club’s after-school programs. Nordson employees based in its Robbinsville location volunteer in Boys and Girls Club programs. Nordson operates an 88,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Robbinsville.

Nordson Corporation is one of the world’s leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants, liquid and powder coatings and other materials to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The Nordson Corporation Foundation is dedicated to improving the communities its employees work in by supporting the continuum of education from birth to adulthood, in the belief that education is the key for individuals to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

The Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County provides young people, ages 5 to 18, in Trenton and surrounding communities with safe havens, academic enrichment, and recreational activities through after-school, weekend and summer programs. Nearly 100 percent of Boys and Girls Club members graduate from high school and 80 percent of them gain acceptance to college. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club, visit www.bgcmercer.org.

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