Grant Received From Xcel Energy to Fund Junior Achievement Programs in Western & Northwest Wisconsin

This post originally appeared on WEAU.COM.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT)--Junior Achievement (JA) of Wisconsin, based in Eau Claire and La Crosse, received a total of $7,500 from Xcel Energy in grant funding. The grant dollars were awarded for use in middle and high school to grow the career exploration programs in the Chippewa Valley and rural communities. Grant dollars were also awarded to the JA Titan program running in the Coulee Region. The Xcel Energy Foundation awards grants in four focus areas: STEM Education, workforce development, environmental stewardship, and access to arts and culture. The most recent round of grants went to nonprofit educational programs like Junior Achievement that improve science, technology, engineering, economic and math education.

"The success of our company is directly related to the health of our communities," said Jeanne Fox, Foundation grant representative at Xcel Energy. "Through our grants, we can positively impact Junior Achievement and the quality of life in the towns and cities we serve."

The investment in Junior Achievement allows the nonprofit organization to serve communities throughout the Chippewa Valley, Coulee Region and surrounding 24 communities in northwestern Wisconsin with economic and financial programs in our schools."Junior Achievement is that 'real' life connection between the business community and youth in our schools, JA helps provide needed financial literacy skill, opportunities for career exploration, and fundamentals of how a business works, said Junior Achievement Director, Susan Peterson.

About Junior Achievement (JA) Junior Achievement (JA) is the worlds largest organization dedicated to educating students grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work-readiness through experiential hands-on programs. With the help of 775 volunteers and 650 teachers, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. Northwest District serves more than 16,000 students throughout northwestern Wisconsin. Throughout the Coulee Region Junior Achievement serves 4,000 students with 150 volunteers and 150 teachers. For more information Visit: http://wisconsin.ja.org or call 715.835.5566.

About Xcel Energy: Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest standards for safety, reliability and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: STEM education, workforce development, environmental stewardship, and access to arts and culture. In 2014, Xcel Energy invested over $13 million in support of communities across its service territory.

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