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PPG donates $5,000 to Franklin University on behalf of Delaware plant

For Immediate Release: July 28, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $5,000 to Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, for its Student Success Coaching program. The program is designed to help increase success for university students, who are working adults in Central Ohio.

"We are grateful to PPG for its help in expanding this effort," said Bonnie Quist, Franklin University vice president for university advancement and strategic relations. “Franklin University continually strives to identify and implement tools that lead to increased achievement for students. With this funding, we can offer Success Coaching to more students and specifically identify students who may benefit the most from personalized coaching.”

Through the Student Success Coaching program, Franklin University offers new students a coach who acts as a primary point of contact, providing personal attention and proactively reinforcing the link between short- and long-term goals. Quist said this one-on-one model has helped to encourage some students at risk of dropping out, many of whom pursue degrees while maintaining job and family commitments, to stay enrolled and make positive progress toward graduating. The ultimate goal, she said, is to help more students successfully graduate, increasing the number of degree-holding individuals in the communities Franklin University serves and thereby strengthening the work force and economic development in these areas.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live, especially through educational programs,” said Carl Johnson, North America director of refinish manufacturing, based at PPG’s automotive refinish paint manufacturing facility in Delaware, and a trustee on Franklin University’s board. “We are proud to help Franklin University encourage working Ohioans to successfully complete higher-education degrees. By funding the growth of the Student Success Coaching program, we hope more members of our community will be supported in realizing their academic goals.”

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

PPG: Bringing innovation to the surface.(TM)
PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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