Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Key takeaways: manufacturing companies and an educated workforce

Posted by M McCollester on Jul 14, 2014 11:38:54 AM

Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is extremely important in building a skilled talent pool for the manufacturing sector. We spoke with three representatives in our July webinar, Manufacturing Companies and an Educated Workforce, about their efforts to build effective STEM education programs.

Scott Hudson, principal manager, social responsibility and community outreach at the Alcoa Foundation, Jennifer Mandel, communications and public affairs manager at Lockheed Martin, , and Michele Walker-Moak, program manager, global community affairs atApplied Materials believe that encouraging interest in STEM fields is crucial for the future of manufacturing companies. They noted that a shortage of STEM-trained talent currently exists, and thus they focus their programs on engaging untapped demographic groups to help fill this void.

Three key themes emerged from our discussion of STEM education initiatives, and our participants shared their experiences with each:

Aligning Programs with Strategic Issues

One of the main themes that arose from our exchange is the significance of aligning educational programs with a company’s overall strategy. Taking this step increases the program’s effectiveness for it allows executives, employees, and other stakeholders to more easily see the value of the investment.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, STEM

Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education’s "Manufacture Your Future" off to a strong start

Posted by Susan Thomas on Jul 3, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Alcoa-Foundation-Logo-150x150According to a national survey, less than 20 percent of Americans said that their parents or school system had encouraged them to pursue a career in manufacturing. In response, Alcoa Foundation, the charitable arm of Alcoa, a manufacturing company pioneering the revitalization of the industry, teamed up with their new partner, Discovery Education, in an effort to bridge the industry’s unemployment gap through an online program named "Manufacture Your Future," which debuted in late May.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, STEM

Manufacturing companies and an educated workforce

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 8:45:32 AM

Manufacturing companies rely on the knowledge and capabilities of skilled workers to keep their businesses going. As a result, manufacturers should be, and often are, proponents of programs that encourage education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, STEM

Supporting Education: Companies that invest in the future

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 12:24:23 PM

In November 2009, President Barack Obama launched the Educate to Innovate initiative to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade. This campaign includes the efforts not only of the federal government, but also of leading companies, foundations, nonprofits, and science and engineering societies that have come forward to answer the president’s call for all hands on deck.

Few community investments have the potential to make as big a difference in the well-being of society and individual lives as supporting the education of young people. Education also happens to be a shared priority among a variety of stakeholder groups. As a result, many companies have identified this philanthropic area as an ideal balance of employee and community interest, an area where companies can make a big difference, and an issue of great importance to the future of business and society.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Executive Education, Workplace Giving, STEM

Dell philanthropy evolves to create greater value for the world and the company

Posted by Trisa Thompson on Feb 12, 2013 9:30:28 PM

The face of corporate philanthropy is changing. No longer are companies simply writing checks from their corporate foundations, taking a traditional grant-maker role and leaving the work to charities. Increasingly, we want to roll up our sleeves — still providing essential funding, but also manpower, services and expertise. And, we want measurable impacts.

Last year, my team met a little girl named Brooke Hester, who reminded me why this shift is so vitally important.

Brooke is a bubbly 5-year-old from Kingsville, Texas, who loves to dance and play. She is also part of an FDA-approved personalized medicine clinical trial for children with a cancer called neuroblastoma, run by the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium. Doctors and researchers in this trial are using Dell-donated technology to analyze massive amounts of genetic data from a child’s tumor to identify the round of drugs and precise doses most likely to have a positive impact.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Philanthropy, Philanthropy, STEM

Florida Power & Light Company energizes STEM education in Florida schools

Posted by Tim Wilson on Sep 19, 2012 9:00:18 AM

With a new school year under way, Florida Power & Light Company is offering a variety of programs designed to support STEM (science, technology, energy and mathematics) education in Florida schools for the 2012-2013 academic year.

FPL's commitment to STEM education has led the company to develop a comprehensive inventory of tools and programs to help schools provide excellent and dynamic STEM education to students.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, Executive Education, Community Involvement, STEM

Technological advances require ability to anticipate impacts and opportunities they present

Posted by MargaretaBarchan on Aug 7, 2012 9:08:52 AM

Sweden played host to more than 300 leaders, innovators, executives, and researchers from 54 countries this June at the Tällberg Forum to consider the tremendous impact of technology on humankind.

With a conference theme of “Beyond our imagination” the general thesis put forth by presenters is that technology has outpaced our ability to use or understand it. Consider, for instance, the reality that it took us more than 20 years to make use of the Internet and online technology as we do now to interact and connect globally.

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Topics: Business Perspectives, Corporate Citizenship, Environment, STEM

Texas Instruments initiative helps Girl Scouts see STEM careers in their future

Posted by Sharon Gillis on May 9, 2012 6:00:04 AM

Marking the 100th year since the organizations founding, Girl Scouts has declared 2012 the Year of the Girl. In an initiative that focuses on the future for girls, Texas Instruments recently partnered with Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to local Girl Scouts.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Membership, STEM

2012 Conference: STEM Education – How corporate citizens can respond to the crisis

Posted by Angela Parker on Apr 18, 2012 10:21:55 AM

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related industries are expected to grow within the United States by as much as 17 percent in a span of 10 years. At the same time, the number of students graduating with a degree in STEM education is on a steady decline. In fact, the National Center for Education Statistics, reports that the percentage of students graduating from college with a degree in engineering is now at half its 1985 peak.

With the industry growing and the interest declining, the United States has a national crisis on its hands, asserted the panelists in this breakout session on STEM Education. Academia and government both carry responsibility for finding a solution to this problem. Yet it may be the corporate citizen who steps into the gap to avert disaster.

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, Conference, STEM

Best Buy lets customers turn technology products into boomerang with a bonus

Posted by Tim Wilson on Jan 13, 2011 10:18:43 AM

Gadget geeks rejoice!

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Topics: Corporate Citizenship, STEM

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