A Letter from the President
I want to thank our generous supporters that enable us to serve our mission: raise funds to create awareness and promote educational opportunities for the future corrosion workforce worldwide. I am proud to serve as President of the NACE International Foundation and am pleased with the progress made as we closed out our first three-year strategic plan that began in 2016. July 1st marked the start of a new three-year plan that will continue our focus on fundraising, operational excellence, and building strong relationships with NACE Sections and Areas.
This year, the NACE Foundation continued to fulfill our Core Purpose to inspire the future workforce to engage in the prevention of corrosion through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and programs. Each of our programs contributes to this core purpose in a unique way to help fulfill the employment gap in various segments of the corrosion industry.
Corrosion Toolkits (cKits™) are distributed to high school teachers through our partnership with ASM Foundation’s Teacher Materials Camps. This collection of corrosion and science-related experiments gives teachers the opportunity to present a hands-on introduction to basic corrosion concepts in their classroom.
The Academic Scholarship and Travel Assistance programs encourage student attendance and engagement at the annual CORROSION conference. The Scholarship Program promotes the study of corrosion science and engineering, recognizes academic excellence, and aids deserving students who demonstrate a drive to succeed. Travel Assistance is provided to qualifying students that are taking part in the Student Poster Session or Technical program.
CORROSION: Opportunities Realized mini-camp takes place in conjunction with the annual CORROSION conference. Students from local high schools spend a full day gaining exposure and insight into what NACE and the corrosion industry is all about, utilizing the cKits™ and exploring the exhibit show floor.
The Workforce Development Program assists veterans in developing a skillset that will enable them to pursue a successful career beyond the military. Veterans are enrolled in two NACE training courses and paired with an industry mentor to guide them as they enter the industry with a corrosion specific skillset including a NACE Level 1 certification.
Thank you again for your generosity and support of the NACE Foundation throughout the year. It is through this support that we are able to affect the lives of students, teachers, and veterans to positively impact the future of our industry. On behalf of the NACE Foundation Board of Directors, we are proud to share with you this year’s achievements.