Career Development / Changing Workforce

ABB Foundation grants $20,000 to Columbus inner-city school

By ABB news release

Aug 31, 2015

ABB ( has awarded a grant of $20,000 through its ABB Foundation to the Franklinton Preparatory Academy (FPA), a public vocational charter school in Columbus, Ohio.

FPA’s mission is to provide an adaptive learning environment to at-risk youth to ensure that they receive the education they need for a successful life path, whether in the workplace, at college, the military or elsewhere. The school is located in the Franklinton area of Columbus, one of the most economically challenged areas of the state where school dropout rates are high.

The ABB Foundation grant money was invested to purchase Google Chromebook tablet computers for an Extended Learning Laboratory that is key to the school’s adaptive learning approach.

Dan Overly, Vice President of Product Management for ABB’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals Business Unit, serves as President of the FPA School Board. “In many respects, Franklinton Preparatory Academy is a recovery school,” Overly said. “It’s a place where kids who have struggled in other school settings can come and succeed in an environment that is adapted to their learning needs. For companies like ABB and our customers to continue to have a bright future in North America, we need every kid to succeed, regardless of the neighborhood they grow up in."