Siemens pioneered the initiative in September 2014, the first kind of programming partnership in Canada. The official announcement was in none other than the New Robotics Room at Garth Webb Secondary School, under the leadership of school Principal, Mr. Larry O’Malley.
The $15,000 donation has been funding the Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics program. Programs have been giving students the opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications and plan a career path in various areas of the manufacturing sector while attending high school.
Since then, the program has been extended further. Siemens Canada employees have been volunteering their valuable time to motivate, guide and mentor students. Initiatives include providing valuable insights into the working world, technical education classes where they contributed to manufacturing and engineering projects, and the changing technologies that are shaping the future for students in grades 11 and 12. The company’s corporate lawyer provided a lecture to the 12th grade law class. Students were invited to the Siemens’ wind turbine manufacturing facility in Tillsonburg, and to the Siemens Canada’s head office in Oakville, Ontario, for “Take Our Kids To Work” day.
Students from Garth Webb Secondary School had an opportunity to thank their dedicated mentors from Siemens Canada during lunch in early February. Siemens’ CEO Robert Hardt expressed the relationship as an engagement opportunity for employees as well as for students.
One concrete way to thank Siemens Canada for believing in them was their latest achievement on the 28th of March, 2015. The Robotics team proudly took home their trophy from winning the Rookie All-Star award in FIRST Robotics Competition at North Bay, Ontario.
Investing in our young citizens’ education to make the world a better place continues throughout 2015 with the hope of more corporate involvement with local schools.
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