Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement

AVON, Ohio – Automotive technology. Commercial truck driving. Phlebotomy. Welding technology. These four high-demand fields are new vocational training options for students at Crispus Attucks Charter School (CACS), in York, Penn. CACS, which enrolls at-risk youth and young adults ages 17 to 21, recently expanded its certification program to include the four fields. The tracks join an existing certification in construction and, together, are a key part of CACS’s high school diploma curriculum.

The initiative to increase training opportunities gained the financial support of Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America (KBGCNA), the U.S.-based arm of a philanthropic entity operated by Knorr-Bremse, based in Munich, Germany. KBGCNA awarded the school $45,000 to help expand its certifications, creating additional pathways to success for its students. Up to 25 students will benefit from the grant, which runs through June 2023.

Knorr-Bremse is the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle systems. It’s the parent company of Avon, Ohio-based Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, whose wholly owned subsidiary R.H. Sheppard Co., Inc. (Sheppard) is a major employer operating in Hanover, Penn., near York.

KBGCNA centers its investments on initiatives supporting youth, education, and underprivileged populations in the surrounding communities of Knorr-Bremse’s three largest North American companies: Bendix; Watertown, New York-based New York Air Brake LLC; and Westminster, Maryland-based Knorr Brake Company.

“With the additional certification tracks, Crispus Attucks Charter School is giving students the tools to have a better quality of life and gain employment through skills that are in demand,” said Maria Gutierrez, president of KBGCNA and director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Bendix. “This is important because fewer than a quarter of CACS’s graduates are in a position to pursue traditional post-secondary education – and some find themselves in unsustainable careers. We couldn’t be more pleased to support this initiative, which will have a lasting impact on the school, its graduates, and its community.”

A School of the Community, for the Community

The charter school is part of Crispus Attucks York (CAY), a 90-year-old community-based nonprofit serving a multigenerational population of underserved and disadvantaged people in the greater York area. CAY’s name is inspired by Crispus Attucks, an African American man who escaped from slavery and is considered the first person to die in America’s fight for independence from the British.

“Crispus Attucks York helps people to learn, work, and thrive, and our charter school fits within that ‘learn’ category, specifically targeting grade 12 students from 17 to 21 years old,” said Edquina Washington, the organization’s development director.

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