Siemens Invests More Than $1 Billion in Software Grants for Virginia Schools

In-kind software grants will help Virginia prepare a highly-skilled workforce necessary to take advantage of manufacturing resurgence in the United States.

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Today from the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), Siemens announced more than $1 billion dollars of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at community colleges and universities in Virginia. Students will now have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.

The series of in-kind grants was established as a result of an industry need for skilled workers and is designed to support the state’s largest industrial employer, Newport News Shipbuilding (a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries), as well as other companies with local ties, such as Rolls-Royce.

The grants are part of an ongoing workforce development collaboration among community colleges, universities and organizations like CCAM, the Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SHVEC) – an organization that provides workforce training to the rural population.

Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software, stressed the importance of equipping students with the tools for shipbuilding because of its crucial industry component to Virginia's economy.

Seven academic partners throughout the state are receiving in-kind software grants to support curriculum and training programs which include Thomas Nelson Community College, New river Community College, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, ECPI University and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

Students and faculty will use the software in assignments and research related to CAD software, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management.