Airframe manufacturer Boeing has announced a partnership with the Kelly Heritage Foundation, an education organisation affiliated with Port San Antonio in Texas.

The $2.3 million investment by Boeing will “expand STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] learning and workforce development across South Texas” and is to be spread out over seven years.

“Boeing is a crown jewel of American business, and I’m honoured that Texas is a key part of their company. For nearly 25 years, San Antonio has been home to an aircraft maintenance and modernisation hub, where work on the C-17, F-15, and F/A-18 takes place,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

“This partnership and investment in San Antonio reflect Boeing’s commitment to this community and to supporting U.S. and allied military services,” said Stephanie Pope, chief executive of Boeing Global Services. “We deliver best-in-class products and services for commercial and government customers, and we know a vibrant STEM curriculum will deepen the bench of local talent we hope to hire in the future. Our workforce continues to grow as we expand our site, and we look forward to our bright future in San Antonio.”