HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (August 14, 1999) Â¯ Jack Roush, CEO of Roush Industries and a former teacher of mathematics, physics and science, has taken a proactive stance to help foster minority education in engineering, math and science....
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (August 14, 1999) ¯ Jack Roush, CEO of Roush Industries and a former teacher of mathematics, physics and science, has taken a proactive stance to help foster minority education in engineering, math and science. Recently, Roush made a sizable donation to the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). The DAPCEP has been preparing Detroit area youths for careers in engineering, science and mathematics related fields for over two decades.
Spearheaded by Dr. Ronald E. Goldsberry, vice president of Global Service Business Strategy for Ford Motor Company, the DAPCEP utilizes the resources of the Big Three automakers in Michigan to provide engineering, science and mathematics enrichment to 10,000 students annually. The program is directed at helping underrepresented minorities in the Detroit area, and although it has a Detroit area focus, DAPCEP alumni attend colleges and universities throughout the country, and are employed by companies all over the world. The DAPCEP "Lighting the Spark" campaign was publicly announced in September 1998 and has raised more than half of its $7 million goal, to date.
"We, as a company, encourage minority education in these fields and consequent participation in engineering and mechanical trades. Programs like the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program will ultimately increase minority representation in the engineering and mechanical trades and will ultimately improve diversity into the NASCAR garage," said Roush, whose company employs over 1,500 people in four states, Mexico and England. "It won't be an overnight solution to the problem, and it may not be the only solution, but literally all of our engineers, mechanics, crew members and fabricators have some educational foundation in math and science, and developed an early interest in working with mechanical things."
"NASCAR's recent actions regarding an isolated racial incident in the garage area were swift and appropriate," said Geoff Smith, Roush Racing president. "NASCAR took much the same action as we would take in similar circumstances within our own organization. For over 30 years Jack Roush has implemented and managed formal policies and practices throughout our organization that not only meet all legal requirements, but really insure that every employee receives both a fair opportunity and fair treatment. It would surprise me, in fact, if any team owner in today's NASCAR community did not have formal, written policies and procedures designed to protect each employee's legal rights as well as to insure that all terms and conditions of employment are equally applied to all employees. It is important to note that the two motorcoach drivers involved in the incident were not employed by any team, by any track, by any sponsor, or by NASCAR."