AB&I Foundry proud to support Oakland Military Institute
February 13, 2018
AB&I Foundry has been a sponsor of the Oakland Military Institute (OMI) since its inception 17 years ago when current California Governor Jerry Brown was the Mayor of Oakland. OMI is an independent public charter school with approximately 745 students in grades 6-12. They provide a structured and rigorous academic program where cadets develop as leaders, scholars, critical thinkers and citizens. Students are cadets in the California Cadet Corps. The average graduation rate is an impressive 96%. The school has thrived, getting the vast majority of cadets into four year colleges and instilling a real ethic of honor, leadership and self-discipline.
AB&I team members Jenny Landon, Zeydi Gutierrez and Jennifer Grundell and Plumbing Group Vice-President Francesca Dunbar recently had the opportunity to attend the OMI Annual Benefit Luncheon. They were extremely impressed with the caliber of students, and how engaged they are with their academic progress and their leadership roles in their school, and the impact they feel they can make in the city, state and country in the future.
Interestingly, they met a gentleman by the name of Les who worked at AB&I as a grinder right after leaving the Marines in 1964 making $51 a week.
Cadets showcased robots they had created dancing to Michael Jackson songs at the luncheon which was a hit with attendees. They also met seniors who are going on to study mathematics, anesthesiology, chemical engineering, nursing, teachers, doctors, etc. Many of them will also return to OMI as teachers, administrators and in other various roles. Cadets can join the band at OMI even if they have never had music lessons and one cadet sang beautifully at the luncheon. They also offer art classes where their skate board designs will be made into a 3D 6” skateboard printer model.
The AB&I team came away feeling like this is another thing that is going well in Oakland and we are part of it.