CSCC Awarded $100,000 Grant from DENSO for STEM Education

CSCC Awarded $100,000 Grant from DENSO for STEM Education

Holly Vincent
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:00 AM


CLEVELAND, Tenn.  – Cleveland State Community College, a leading educational institution, received a $100,000 grant from the world’s second largest mobility supplier DENSO for programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The grant, which is made possible by the company’s philanthropic arm, DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF), is one of 26 grants awarded by DENSO in 2019 to colleges and universities throughout North America. The donations are part of DENSO’s broader efforts to cultivate tomorrow’s workforce and prepare young thinkers to lead a new era of innovation.

Dr. Tim Wilson, Chair of the CSCC Advanced Technologies Department, said, “Over the years Denso has played an integral role in the success of the Advanced Technologies department here at Cleveland State; however, not only through their Foundation opportunities: they actively participate in several Advisory Councils, visit classes as guest speakers, and hire our students. Denso and its Associates are truly active in the community, and we are a beneficiary of their benevolence. We are especially grateful for being chosen to receive this grant from the Denso North America Foundation.”

Grants were awarded to programs focused on design, materials management, mechanical and electrical engineering principles, thermodynamics, robotics and more. With this grant, Cleveland State will procure additional hands-on equipment for the mechanical power transmission and fluid power systems courses.

DNAF has supported STEM education through grants at colleges and universities since 2001, enabling students to access tools, technology and experiences that better prepare them for technical careers after graduation. DENSO education grant proposals are invite-only and evaluated based on technical merit, student experience, and alignment with industry needs.

“Investing in tomorrow’s workforce is critical to ensuring we have individuals who are equipped to help DENSO fulfill its vision of creating software and products that enhance safety and reduce environmental impact,” said Bill Foy, senior vice president of Engineering at DENSO and a DENSO North American Foundation board member. “Through these grants, we hope to create a generation of innovators who inspire new value for the future of mobility.”

About Cleveland State
Cleveland State is an open door, comprehensive community college located in southeast Tennessee, which offers programs leading to certificates and two-year degrees (Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Fine Arts). As a small commuter college serving a predominately rural, five-county service area, ground courses are offered on its main campus in Cleveland, and its instructional sites in Athens and Vonore. The college’s service area includes Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk counties.


DENSO is a $48.3 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 221 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company's 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.3 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. For more information about global DENSO, visit    

In North America, DENSO employs 27,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 31 sites in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,000+ employees across 13 states and 25 sites. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, in fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, DENSO in North America generated $10.9 billion in consolidated sales. Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career. For more information, go to  


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