The grant was designed to allow the SkillsUSA Information Technology chapter students the privilege to support a local organization called Family Promise. SkillsUSA students will help to establish, and connect a new facility that has been donated to this organization. Family Promise is a local response to the national homeless crisis where they work to help homeless families build new lives. Family Promise supports homeless families by housing them in different church congregations, changing church locations every week; however this past year, Family Promise has been awarded a building from our sister city of Bryan, TX to allow Family Promise to renovate a new facility and no longer have to rely on churches for housing. The goal of our SkillsUSA chapter will be to utilize our skills and support the new Family Promise facility by installing and creating their entire networking and security infrastructure. Students will build computers, run networking and security cables, configure routers, configure wifi, configure content filtering, setup printer services, configure security cameras, establish a networking domain, and assemble furniture and more. The goal will be to create and configure the entire network for the Family Promise building in order for the organization to be connected to the internet, to allow for the volunteers to have a working office space, and most importantly to allow for computing needs for homeless families to search and apply for jobs, work on resumes and for the children to work on school work. The grant project is poised to make a huge impact on the Bryan-College Station community and teach everyone involved about the power of devoting one’s talents and skills to the benefit and welfare of their community.
The SkillsUSA chapter was one of 31 programs nationwide to receive a Lowe’s grant in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $25,000. The local school grants are designed to strengthen local communities as they provide enhanced learning opportunities for students. To apply for a grant, students completed a written application to detail their project, tell why it is important, how it will be conducted and the outcomes and benefits. Finalists were selected based on their proposal and supporting plans. These projects will improve schools and local communities while reinforcing the students’ career and technical educational experience through the practical use of their skills.
“Our partnership with SkillsUSA is important to helping address the growing demand for skilled workers in the U.S.,” said James Frison, director of community relations at Lowe’s. “Lowe’s support of the SkillsUSA community service grants program provides students with hands-on experience using their skills to make a difference and helps prepare them for future careers in skilled trades.”