(03/19/14) - A Mid-Michigan college has been selected to receive a massive gift from a corporate giant.
For the past 15 years, Mott Community College and Siemens Corporation have had a partnership.
Siemens badly wants the type of technically-minded students Mott graduates. So, the company is lending a helping hand.
Siemens is donating nearly $56 million worth of engineering software to Mott. It should be installed and available for students this fall.
The software is what Ford and General Motors uses to develop new products. Mott is the only college in the country to receive this donation from Siemens.
Mott says Siemens is seeking to improve the quality of the workforce coming into the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing is returning to the U.S. and Michigan, and Siemens wants to make sure students are ready once they graduate.
There are 60,000 vacancies in manufacturing in the U.S. today.
Today's manufacturing employee often needs knowledge of computer systems and engineering. Siemens believes Mott can put the software to good use by graduating hundreds of students with skills that the manufacturing industry can use.
Siemens says not everyone in manufacturing needs a master's degree in engineering, but the student who can show an aptitude for computers and computer-aided design will have the upper hand when interviewing for a job.
"What Mott Community College and Siemens partnership is going to create is the proper training for people for the 21st Century manufacturing industry, and those people who master the material, they're going to move right into the workforce because there is a shortage of people who are trained in these fields," said Michael Kelly, of Mott Community College.
Wednesday's announcement caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal and reporters in India. Siemens is a German-based company with American headquarters in Washington D.C.
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