SEWON America to Donate $300,000 to THINC

April 24, 2015

Honoring the company’s commitment to “give back to the community,” SEWON America presented an initial check for $60,000 to THINC College & Career Academy at SEWON’s LaGrange facility, April 16. This was SEWON’s first donation as part of their $300,000 funding to be provided over a five-year period.

SEWON’s mission is to have a positive impact in the community. For SEWON America Inc., that includes having a strong Corporate Citizenship program. SEWON’s goal is to improve the education and health for area citizens and serve as one of the lead organizations in the community. In the 4th quarter of each year, SEWON develops an annual plan that explicitly describes delivery of community activities, services and giving back to the community for the upcoming calendar year. This annual plan, which is reviewed and approved by the company’s president, identifies specific programs that relate directly to the areas of education, health and services.

“LaGrange and Troup County have been so good to us,” said SEWON America President Chang Joo Lee. “This gift is the beginning of this partnership. It is truly a gift back to the community and a commitment to the community – from all of SEWON. We thank you and look forward to more opportunities to partner in the future.”

Upon accepting the check, THINC CEO Kathy Carlisle said, “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and emotion. And I’m excited for our youth and what the future looks like for them.”

Opening in August 2015, the charter-based THINC College & Career Academy is offering Troup County high school students the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the traditional classroom, with authentic workplace curriculum. THINC graduates will not only be equipped with technical and career-specific skills, but will also understand the soft skills of business – a firm handshake, a strong work ethic and critical thinking skills.

“This contribution SEWON has provided will be so helpful for equipment,” said THINC Board of Directors Chairman John Asbell. “But past that, SEWON is providing valuable insight, with ideas, energy and people who can guide us and take us where we need to be. That partnership makes it real for our students.”

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After a tour and breakfast with SEWON representatives, Asbell added: “Their facility is a great example of the diversity of careers and skills that this community offers and needs. With a focus on workforce needs, SEWON has a desire to not just be a supporter, but a true partner with THINC and to connect with the workforce of tomorrow.”