▲ (From left) Superintendent of Jackson County Schools April Howard, CEO of Empower College & Career Center John Uesseler, and President of SKBA Hwang Jun-ho take a commemorative photo at the donation delivery ceremony held on September 9th (local time)
Through its overseas subsidiary SK Battery America (hereafter “SKBA”), SK Innovation has been actively involving in various social contribution programs in Georgia ever since the company started its battery business in the States. Aside from activities related to COVID-19 response as recently reported, SK Innovation also continues to give support to local educational institutes, and one of which is the Empower College & Career Center (hereafter “EC3”).
EC3 is a charter high school that offers students several career pathways. EC3 has educational program partnerships with various businesses in Jackson County and the surrounding area. Its core fields are robotics, programming, medical, broadcasting, welding and construction. The school provides high-quality education that particularly focuses on the development of future technologies.
This is the third consecutive year since SK Innovation started its partnership with the school. In 2019 and 2020, SK Innovation donated $60,000 to EC3 (each year USD 30,000). This year, the yearly amount has doubled to $60,000 with a delivery ceremony held at EC3 on September 9th (local time). Furthermore, SK Innovation has pledged to add $120,000 to the financial support for EC3 over the next two years.
The ceremony on September 9th (local time) was attended by Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia Gary W. Black, CEO of of EC3 John Uesseler, Superintendent of Jackson County Schools April Howard, President of Lanier Technical College Tim McDonald, and President of SKBA Hwang Jun-ho. Those who attended the event expressed their deep gratitude for SK innovation’s unwavering partnership since 2019 to support the nurturing of future talents in the Georgian community.
▲ (Left photo) CEO of Empower College & Career Center John Uesseler and President of SKBA Hwang Jun-ho talk at the donation delivery ceremony held on September 9th / (Right photo) Students participate in training programs provided by EC3 – Source: EC3’s homepage
With the support of SK Innovation in 2019 and 2020, EC3 was equipped with advanced automated machines and facilities for students’ practice. This year, the donation will be used to purchase equipment for advanced manufacturing education and to open a laboratory.
SK Innovation will keep making efforts to create more jobs and nurture future talents in Georgia, where the company’s EV battery plant is located.