Georgia Foundation for Public Education Partners with Siemens to Provide Advanced STEM Training

July 19, 2013
The Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE), a state-chartered not-for-profit organization that works with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDoE) to promote innovative educational programs, announced today it has partnered with Siemens Industry Sector in the U.S. to develop advanced educational courses for the Career Pathways program, which trains Georgia students using a curriculum based on the employment needs of international companies with facilities in the state.

The Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE), a state-chartered not-for-profit organization that works with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDoE) to promote innovative educational programs, announced today it has partnered with Siemens Industry Sector in the U.S. to develop advanced educational courses for the Career Pathways program, which trains Georgia students using a curriculum based on the employment needs of international companies with facilities in the state.

GFPE worked with Siemens to develop teaching curriculum for GaDoE’s Manufacturing Pathway based on training materials, manuals and other educational tools used at the company’s Drive Technologies manufacturing plant in Alpharetta, Ga. The associated training materials provided by Siemens are valued at more than $500,000.

This pilot program has been rolled out in South Forsyth High School where it will be delivered by a teacher that was trained at Siemens. Eventually, the program will also include internships, work-based learning projects and opportunities for overseas cultural experiences for students in Germany.

“The Siemens partnership benefits our state by providing our students access to the type of training that generates good, high-paying jobs, and also offers a template for future partnerships between the business community and the Georgia Department of Education as the Career Pathways program develops,” said Denis Brosnan, managing director of GFPE.

“We are excited to assist the Georgia educational community with the launch of this educational program,” says Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens Industry Sector North America. “This partnership is consistent with our values – Responsible, Excellent and Innovative – and it will promote STEM initiatives throughout the Southeast region of the United States.  Through this program, companies like Siemens will be able to identify and develop the next generation of outstanding employees.”

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