Siemens PLM Software will make a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division. CPCC will use the software to enhance existing courses and develop new engineering courses.
The software will also be used in an apprenticeship program with Siemens, building on the current partnership between the two organizations. By enabling students to learn and train on the same PLM software used in global manufacturing, Siemens and CPCC are helping North Carolina students gain skills necessary to meet the needs of US manufacturing. “The resurgence in the American manufacturing industry, driven by an ongoing software revolution, has created a critical demand for qualified technology-trained professionals in manufacturing,” Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software, said in a statement on the school's website. “By partnering with Siemens, CPCC will help ensure its students have the training in advanced manufacturing technologies they need in a highly competitive job market.”
More than 120 businesses throughout North Carolina use Siemens PLM software, including employers such as Hendrick Motorsports, Norfolk Southern, Joe Gibbs Racing, Textron, and Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery. “Manufacturing is one of the most sophisticated, highly skilled, and innovative areas of business today because software has radically transformed the industry. We need to let students, parents, and administrators know what these jobs look like and what students need to learn in order to get them,” Eric Spiegel, president and CEO, Siemens USA, said in the statement.
Great news that Siemans is making such a large investment in NC STEM. Encouraging more manufacturing and 'value creation' here in America will make our country stronger economically. I look forward to seeing more of these types of investments in other parts of the country in the future.
I definitely applaud the initiative Siemens has undertaken to promote STEM. I'm almost to the point of believing private concerns such as Siemens, are much more capable of "growing" STEM professionals than our federal government. I KNOW the oversight of these programs and money given is much greater and with less abuse as compared with the "fed". I am sure Siemens has the ability to track the results and those results should be significant.
Dave Palmer just posted an article on the Indian MANGALYAAN Mars Probe and the success that mission is having. With that in mind, we cannot allow our "edge", if we now have one, to slip. Independent companies such as Siemens need to step up to the challenge as they have demonstrated.
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