Denso has renewed its commitment to support and provide educational opportunities for the communities it serves in West Michigan. Denso Manufacturing Michigan (DMMI) in Battle Creek, Michigan, the city’s largest employer have awarded scholarships to four students through partnerships with the Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF) and the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center (BCAMSC).
Scholarship resources come from the DMMI Scholarship Fund, which Denso established in 1997 to assist children of employees.
The 2017 BCCF scholarship recipients are Jayson Butler and Calder Lachance of Lakeview High School and Ian Mullis of Saint Philip Catholic Central High School. Butler plans to attend Michigan State University, Lachance will attend the University of Michigan and Mullis will begin at Kellogg Community College. A selection committee from the BCCF chooses winners based on student activities and work experience.
The BCAMSC scholarship promotes math and science education and excellence, recognizing outstanding graduates with financial assistance for college expenses. Staff at the BCAMSC selects two students for the scholarship each year. Lachance and Ana Singh, also of Lakeview High School, received this year’s scholarships. Singh will attend Calvin College.
"Ensuring our associates and their families have resources to develop tools to succeed is a core value at Denso,” said Andris Staltmanis, president, Denso Manufacturing Michigan. “Our scholarship fund allows us to extend beyond the work day and provide opportunities for our family members to flourish.”
DMMI is the lead production facility for Denso's Thermal Systems North American Center (TAC), manufacturing automotive air conditioning and engine cooling components and systems, including condensers, radiators, CRFMs (condenser, radiator, and fan modules), heater cores, evaporators and HVAC units. The DMMI campus in Battle Creek includes more than 1,380,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and administrative floor space in 6 buildings on over 100 acres of land. DMMI is the largest employer in Battle Creek.