IRVINE, Calif. -- The Tiger Woods Foundation announced today plans for a new Tiger Woods Learning Center campus at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. Through a partnership with USLI and Cristo Rey Philadelphia, the Learning Center will open in the fall of 2013, providing students at the school with new after-school programming focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
"We are thrilled to be opening our second TWLC campus in the Philly area at Cristo Rey. Their staff runs an impressive facility, and I know together we will provide a successful after-school program," Kathy Bihr, vice president of programming for the Tiger Woods Foundation, said. "USLI has been a great partner to the Foundation over the years, and we are excited they are sponsoring this program that brings the very best of our curriculum to deserving youth in the area."
The TWLC campus at Cristo Rey Philadelphia will offer unique programming for the students beginning with Tetrix Robotics, where students will use their creativity to build robots, while exploring the world of engineering. Next semester a universal science curriculum will be implemented focusing on chemistry and biology. Additionally, the TWLC campus will provide mentoring and teacher-development training.
"We are excited about our partnership with the Tiger Woods Foundation. I know the Learning Center will enhance the educational experience for the students of Cristo Rey," Tom Nerney, the chairman, president and CEO of USLI, said. "We are always looking for philanthropic opportunities that engage our people and our customers while making a positive change in the areas where we do business. We look forward to exploring additional opportunities with the Foundation."
"Cristo Rey Philadelphia is grateful for the partnership between the Tiger Woods Foundation and USLI that makes the Learning Center possible. Our students are excited to begin," John McConnell, founder and president of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, said. "The Learning Center will help enhance our mission: to nurture and challenge young women and men to recognize and realize their full potential."
The Foundation launched its first TWLC campus in Philadelphia in the fall of 2012 at the KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy. This will be the second campus in the area and sixth campus around the country. The TWLC campus model was established through an extensive R&D process to determine the best expansion method. This flexible model allows TWF to operate a TWLC within a school or community center; to partner with an existing organization to provide unique curriculum; to provide staff training and mentoring; and/or incorporate technology stations on campus. In addition to its flagship facility in Anaheim, Calif., and two in Pennsylvania, the Foundation has launched two campuses in Washington, D.C., and one in Stuart, Fla.