Ask CEOs in virtually every industry what keeps them up at night and among the top three items a common theme will emerge – finding the skilled talent to keep their operations running smoothly as their 50-something workforce starts heading into retirement. Getting students serious about careers in manufacturing is the key. And at Siemens, we are committed to supporting the schools where young people can learn them.
In fact, since 2008, the Siemens Cooperates with Education Program (SCE) has donated more than $1 million to 350+ education institutions and vocational training programs. Institutions enrolled in the SCE Program become equipped with free educator workshops, sample curriculum, on-going technical support, deeply discounted hardware and software to use in hands-on labs, as well as the latest technology training.
It is a privilege to partner with so many exemplary institutions across the nation and to see how practical hands-on training programs can indeed equip the next generation of engineers. We’ve seen this, in particular, at technical programs such as Georgia’s Kennesaw State University (KSU) and Michigan’s Oakland University.
At KSU, formerly Southern Polytechnic State University, Siemens provided a $225,000 grant to support undergraduate education in the field of mechatronics, which combines mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines to complement the rise of advanced manufacturing. Since the donation, KSU created a Siemens Endowed Distinguished Scholar of Mechatronics position and an annual Siemens Mechatronics Endowed Scholarship.
Meanwhile, last year, Oakland University held a Siemens Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) workshop for high school, community college and university instructors, part of our “Summer with Siemens” series. Teachers and professors from Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania attended to learn the basics of creating assignments and projects using Siemens PLCs.
This workshop was one of 12 three-day training and best practice sharing events held around the country for educators. These hands-on learning events were designed to explore Siemens’ hardware and software, with specially built workstations used to simulate industrial projects.
The SCE Program provides the opportunity to develop not only students, but instructors and teachers from a variety of educational levels and disciplines. Through it we hope to leave a legacy that can be built on for years to come.
SCE is one of the many platforms that Siemens leverages to promote STEM education. With our Siemens Science Days, we reach K-12 students in 46 states touching more than 75,000 students nationwide so far. And through the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s most promising high school STEM scholars compete for the top prize of $100,000. We also donate our PLM software to colleges and universities through our GO PLM program reaching millions of students around the world.
The students in these programs will change the world as we know it with technology and innovation, and we are proud to be a part of their journey.
Siemens has 13+ hands-on workshops currently in scheduling at various locations across the U.S. For more information visit www.usa.siemens.com/sce