IPC recently announced it has launched the new IPC Education Foundation, intended to help students and the emerging workforce acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the electronics industry. The IPC Education Foundation reportedly focuses on strengthening and shaping the next generation of workers by preparing the talent pipeline, engaging the emerging workforce, improving the perception of the industry, and offering scholarships to deserving students.
As part of the IPC Education Foundation, IPC is working with industry leaders to establish and fund an internationally recognized academic scholarship program. Scholarships will go to students interested in careers offered by the electronics industry and professional development grants will be awarded to teachers who support STEM education.
One of the foundation’s major initiatives is the formation and expansion of a network of IPC Student Chapters at universities and community colleges. Foundation staff are reportedly engaged in talks with several universities and have received commitments from the following schools to establish IPC Student Chapters, including Auburn, North Carolina State, Sacramento State, Central Carolina Community College, Gwinnett Technical College, and Michigan Technical University.
“These IPC Student Chapters create opportunities for IPC members to connect with prospective job candidates and get them interested in our industry. IPC members can share information with students on the latest processes and how they were developed. Member sites can host plant tours, offer internships, and give students an inside look at the industry,” said Colette Buscemi, senior director, IPC education programs. “IPC Student Chapter members get the opportunity to connect their coursework with real-world applications, expand their professional network, and apply for scholarships and internships."
For more information, visit www.ipcef.org.