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WEF Announces New Partnership with GE Healthcare

The Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc. will continue to grow its support for educators and students in the School District of Waukesha thanks to a new partnership with GE Healthcare.

GE Healthcare has recently signed on as an platinum-level annual sponsor for the Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc. (WEF) as they continue to build a stronger relationship with the Waukesha schools. This year, as part of their annual Community Service Day, a team of GE employees helped teachers at Hillcrest Elementary School create a MakerSpace that was funded through a $2,000 grant from the WEF. In addition to their annual service event, GE Healthcare has also developed school specific partnerships with both Waukesha South High School and Butler Middle School, as well as provided support and resources to encourage STEM based learning opportunities district wide.

“A quality education is critical for all children,” stated Kelly Skindzelewski, Community Relations Leader, GE Healthcare. “By supporting the Waukesha Education Foundation we can help provide needed resources and partner with others who want to inspire and educate youth in our community.”  

GE Healthcare been a part of the great Milwaukee community since 1947. This global company provides transformational medical technologies and services to help medical professionals diagnose and care for their patients. Wisconsin is a global hub for GE Healthcare’s manufacturing and leadership, particularly in the medical imaging business including CT, MR, X-Ray, and Services divisions. The business employs more than 6,000 people in Wisconsin.

Encouraging teachers to think outside the box can help students do the same, and it’s this innovative atmosphere in the school district that appeals to area businesses and manufacturers looking to inspire young talent in their community.

“A stronger partnership between WEF and GE Healthcare will provide more technology and modern problem solving that GE is known for,” explained Gene Shoemaker, president of the Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc. “We are delighted to see GE Healthcare’s further commitment for developing future leaders right here in Waukesha.”

Each year, WEF raises funds through community events and business partnerships to award grants to local educators for programming and resources that normally would not be covered in school budgets. Examples of past grants include a Realityworks GuideWELD virtual reality welding simulator, the participation in global read-along projects, and furnishing brand new makerspaces.   

About the Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc.

Since its inception, the Waukesha Education Foundation, Inc. (WEF) has granted close to $262,000 to support projects and initiatives that directly benefit the students of the School District of Waukesha.  Through fundraising efforts such as annual WEF Golf Outing, WEF Run/Walk and Wellness Fair, and the Celebration of Excellence event, WEF relies on donations from the community to further the educational experiences of Waukesha students.  To learn more, please go to our website www.wef.waukesha.k12.wi.us.