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As a company, we are committed to supporting programs and initiatives to improve access to a high-quality education and workforce/career preparation for youth in under-served communities, both in our headquarters region of greater Chicago and around the world.

ITW’s Support for Education

Our longstanding commitment to education is demonstrated through the support we provide for STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programming in schools and organizations.

ITW David Speer Academy

Over the last six years, ITW has proudly sponsored the ITW David Speer Academy in memory of former Chairman and CEO David Speer, who passed away in 2012. The Chicago high school focuses on offering a world-class STEM education to over 1,000 students in grades 9 through 12.

ITW’s impact extends far beyond our ongoing financial support. Our colleagues are actively involved in the school’s programs and regularly engage with its many talented students. We also collaborate and partner with other organizations to offer the students unique opportunities that enrich their overall learning experience.


  • Engaging with Global Leaders. At ITW’s annual leadership conference, ITW David Speer Academy students are invited to network with our global leaders to talk about their experience and career goals.
  • Piloting New Electives. In 2018, ITW partnered with Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium to develop a program aimed at educating students about aquatic science. The pilot program is now being scaled to other Chicago-area schools.
  • Gaining Hands-On Experience. A partnership between Miller Electric Mfg. LLC (an ITW Welding company) and the ITW David Speer Academy enables students to enroll in a welding elective that offers hands-on experience to deepen their understanding of the welding industry.
  • Preparing for the Future Workforce. In partnership with businesses and institutions across Chicago and beyond, all ITW David Speer Academy students gain real world experience by completing an accredited internship their senior year, at the culmination of which they have 100 hours of exposure in the workforce.

ITW David Speer Academy by the Numbers