Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation Announces Major Gift from Douglas and Deborah Troxel

Goleta, CA, June 3, 2016 – The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation has received a major gift of $200,000 from Douglas and Deborah Troxel of Santa Barbara, CA. to help further the development of innovative curriculum at the nationally recognized local high school program. The Troxel family foundation, The Change Happens Foundation, previously donated $250,000 to the capital campaign to help build the Elings Center for Engineering Education on the Dos Pueblos campus. A conference room bears the Foundation’s name.
The Change Happens Foundation was created in 2001 upon the retirement of Mr. Troxel from Serena Software, a company he founded which set an industry standard for software change management on mainframe computers. The Troxels split their time between homes in Montecito, Washington State and Hawaii.
“Deb and I are strong supporters of science education,” said Mr. Troxel. Noting the role of MacArthur award-winning DPEA Director Amir Abo-Shaeer, Troxel said, “We recognize that Amir is the bleeding edge of what can be taught to public school students and sets them on a path to being productive citizens by any metric. His enthusiasm is contagious and brings focus to the idea that science is for everyone.” 
DPEAF Board President Sandy Seale expressed gratitude for the gift and the spirit in which was given. “DPEA Foundation is thrilled to receive this major gift from Douglas and Deborah Troxel. Their investment in the future of the DPEA program shows their commitment to visionary and innovative education.”
The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) is a four-year, school-within-a-school, program at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California. The DPEA provides students with a real-world, interdisciplinary, project-based approach to learning. It strives to create an environment for its students to grow and thrive in the unique “Art of Engineering” curriculum.

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