Siemens has announced a $66.8 million in-kind software grant to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, allowing students an access to the company’s product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most advanced products in a range of different industries, including automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, machinery, shipbuilding, and high-tech electrics.
“The manufacturing industry in America is on the rise and it is being transformed by a software revolution that is enhancing productivity, increasing efficiency and speeding time to market,” said Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO, Siemens PLM Software.
“This revolution requires a highly trained workforce. With this grant, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will be able to integrate world-class PLM technology into its curriculum, so that its students are even better prepared for co-op assignments and for high quality manufacturing jobs.”
Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens expressed his gratitude for the grant and said it would be put to good use.
“Cincinnati State is a career college, and we’re known for our strong business relationships,” Dr Owens said.
“This software grant from Siemens allows us to send our graduates into the manufacturing workplace ready to go the minute they walk in the door. That will be a huge competitive advantage for them and an even greater asset for the Cincinnati business community.”
According to the news release on the Business Wire, the Cincinnati State Centre for Innovative Technologies will use the Siemens’ software to support its mechanical engineering and industrial design technologies programs, as well as other programs in the college.
Computer labs on the Clifton campus will be equipped with Siemens software to support computer-aided design (CAD) courses.
In addition, students will also use the software in assignments and research related to mechanical engineering, industrial design and manufacturing management, which would help them develop advanced skills sought after by more than 71,000 global customers who utilize the Siemens software and technology solutions.
Nearly 500 businesses across the state of Ohio and in the Cincinnati region use Siemens’ PLM and CAD software, including global giants such as Procter & Gamble, GE Aviation, the United States Air Force, Ethicon Endo Surgery (a Johnson & Johnson company), CDI, Belcan, Sheffer Corporation, and OPW Fueling Components.
“Manufacturing is the most sophisticated, forward-looking and innovative business function in the world today and 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,” said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO, Siemens Corp.
“This partnership can serve as an economic catalyst for the region.”