The White House in September announced plans to spend $200 million a year on grants meant to boost STEM education in an effort to close a widening skills gap that, some say, has left Americans out of the running for scientific and technical jobs.
Bay Area powerhouses Facebook, Google and Salesforce have committed $50 million apiece to support these efforts–making up about half the $300 million commitment from the private sector. Other companies funding STEM education efforts include Amazon, General Motors and Lockheed Martin.
It was not immediately clear where the $200 million in federal dollars would come from, though the Trump administration emphasized that it would not be new funding, but rather existing money that would be redirected.
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For tech companies like Salesforce, however, the monetary commitment is a new one.
Salesforce–whose philanthropic arm, Salesforce.org, also committed 1 million employee volunteer hours over the next five years to expand K-12 computer science education in the U.S.–has contributed $65 million to school districts since 1999.