Aug 12, 2011 • By

Betty Crocker takes visitors to school

General Mills and its employees have been active in civic and community affairs since the very beginnings of the company.

In 1983, Ivy Celender, the vice president and director of Nutrition Services, was a member of the Science Coordination Committee of Minnesota and head of the Teacher Assistance Program. She designed and arranged for students and their teachers to learn about math, science and computer-related careers available at General Mills and other large corporations.

During their visit to us, guests toured the Betty Crocker Kitchens and spoke with employees from the James Ford Bell Technical Center and the Nutrition Department. They also attended computer demonstrations ‒ tolerance tests conducted by the Betty Crocker Food Service staff, and math and science programs used by the Nutrition staff. This experience was developed to provide public school students and teachers with access to a broad range of community resources to enhance curriculum, instruction and the learning experience.

Today, General Mills supports a number of similar programs such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination).

For more information, visit the national STEM site, the AVID site, or check with your state’s department of education or your local school district.

Editor’s note: The photo above shows a Washington Junior High School student practicing cake cutting while visiting the Betty Crocker Kitchens. Left to right are Terry Scove, tour guide; Barbara Jo Davis, manager of Division Services in the Betty Crocker Kitchens; and Ivy Celender, vice president and director of Nutrition Services. The photo is from “GMI Twin Cities,” August 1983.

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