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Support for Education

ITW is committed to supporting programs and initiatives to improve access to a high-quality education and workforce/career preparation for youth in underresourced communities, both in our headquarters region of greater Chicago and around the world.

ITW’s Support for Education

Our longstanding commitment to education is demonstrated through the support we provide for STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programming in schools and organizations.

ITW David Speer Academy

Since 2014, ITW has proudly sponsored ITW David Speer Academy in memory of former ITW chairman & CEO, David Speer, who passed away in 2012. The Chicago high school focuses on offering a world-class STEM education to over 1,000 students in grades 9 through 12.

ITW’s impact extends far beyond our ongoing financial support. Our colleagues are actively involved in the school’s programs and regularly engage with its many talented students. We also collaborate and partner with other organizations to offer the students unique opportunities that enrich their overall learning experience.

In 2021, ITW David Speer Academy graduated its fourth class of seniors since the school opened.

Students participating in virtual welding
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