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December 3, 2015



Kirk Riley

ITEC Executive Director


LANSING, MI – The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC), a Lansing-based nonprofit organization, has been awarded a $11,300 grant from the Rodger and Kate Graef Family Foundation and a $15,000 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation.

Funding will support the completion of ITEC’s new TechTransport bus, a mobile learning lab designed to bring technology to Lansing-area residents with limited access to home computers and the internet. With TechTransport, ITEC will be able to expand its reach in the Lansing community providing enriching STEM education programs to 2,500 students annually. ITEC expects TechTransport to be on the roads of Lansing starting in February 2016.

“With TechTransport, a love for technology will come alive in many students who may not otherwise have access to these programs. Plus, it will help prepare Lansing’s youth for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Pauline Pasch, senior program officer for the Capital Region Community Foundation.

Once up and running, TechTransport will provide:

  • A mobile teaching platform that includes robotics, digital  media, game design, animation programming, web and app development, 3-D printing and much more
  • Everyday digital classes in basic computer literacy for high school students and adults
  • Financial literacy workshops, in partnership with MSUFCU
  • College readiness workshops, in partnership with the Capital College Access Network
  • After-school tutoring programs in math and science
  • GED preparation
  • Entrepreneurship classes
  • Field trips 

“We really appreciate these foundations for joining us in getting TechTransport on the road,” said Kirk Riley, ITEC’s executive director. “TechTransport is sure to be the place where students come to dream and to do. We want to plant a seed in students that a career in a STEM field is definitely possible.”


About ITEC

Mixing science and fun, ITEC ( builds tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. ITEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in the Capital Region to get children excited to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering  and math (STEM). ITEC’s mission is to enable Lansing area residents to acquire technological skills that will allow them to participate in a fast-paced global economy. For more information, visit

About The Rodger and Kate Graef Family Foundation

The Rodger and Kate Graef Family Foundation was created in September 1997 as a nonprofit Nevada corporation. The Foundation was funded upon Rodger Graef’s death on July 6, 2003 from his charitable remainder trust and his living trust. Its purpose is to benefit education, the arts, social welfare and other charitable causes which promote the public interest. For more information, visit

About Capital Region Community Foundation

Since 1987, the Capital Region Community Foundation has been growing a pool of philanthropic resources supported by thousands of donors and benefiting scores of charitable organizations dedicated to improving life in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. A 501(c) (3) public charity, we manage assets in excess of $83 million, oversee more than 400 funds and have disbursed more than $40 million in grants. For more information, visit

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