Rockwell Collins supports Luther PARTNERs program with $10,000 grant

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April 13, 2009

Rockwell Collins aviation electronics company has awarded a $10,000 grant to Luther College to support Luther PARTNERs, a collaborative education program between the college and Winneshiek County schools.

The Rockwell Collins grant will provide funding for the innovative PARTNERs program that provides high school teachers and students opportunities to use college resources such as faculty expertise and technology. Eight college-high school collaborative projects are conducted each year.

Rockwell Collins representatives Michael Nelson, Decorah plant manager, and Kristie Austin, senior human resource specialist, made the $10,000 grant presentation March 30 to Luther PARTNERs representatives Shannon Horton, program director, and Jeanie Lovell and Chuck Christianson, advisory committee members.

"Rockwell Collins is a global company that is also committed to our local communities, especially support of educational programs for science technology, engineering and mathematics," said Nelson. "We believe in inspiring the next generation of engineers and innovators."

Austin said Rockwell Collins' support of the Luther PARTNERs program is part of its strategic focus on education.

"Education is a priority for charitable giving," Austin said. "Luther PARTNERs is a great program, and we at Rockwell Collins are glad to be a part of it."

Horton said the Rockwell Collins grant to Luther PARTNERs will strengthen outreach efforts to local schools and ensure continuation of the program. During the academic year, all area high school teachers are invited to apply for a PARTNERs project by proposing ways to strengthen their curriculum using resources offered by the college.

Horton said the Luther PARTNERs advisory committee selects up to eight proposals for funding. Each teacher whose proposal is selected receives a $250 curriculum development award that can be used for equipment, field trips or other resources or materials.

For over 70 years, Rockwell Collins has been recognized as a leader in the design, production, and support of communication and aviation electronics. With headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rockwell Collins has annual sales of $4.77 billion, operates from more than 60 locations in 27 countries, and has approximately 20,000 employees worldwide.

Rockwell Collins-brand aircraft electronics are installed in the cockpits of nearly every airline in the world and its airborne and ground-based communication systems transmit nearly 70 percent of all U.S. and allied military airborne communication.

Luther College, a nationally recognized institution, offers a liberal arts education that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional and certificate programs. The college's current 2,400 students represent 41 states and 43 countries, and 90 percent of the college's 178 full-time faculty hold earned doctorates or terminal degrees.

A Phi Beta Kappa institution, Luther is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college supports its community with educational, cultural and civic engagement programs and projects that include the annual PARTNERs program.

Photo caption: Rockwell Collins aviation electronics company is supporting the Luther College PARTNERs outreach education program with a gift of $10,000. Rockwell Collins and PARTNERs representatives at a March 30 check presentation ceremony include (left to right) Chuck Christianson, PARTNERs advisory committee member; Michael Nelson, Rockwell Collins Decorah plant manager; Kristie Austin, Rockwell Collins senior human resource specialist; Shannon Horton, PARTNERs program director; Jeanie Lovell, PARTNERs advisory committee member.