Here at Endress+Hauser, we’re committed to advancing the growth and development of jobs and trades in our local community; to do so, we work to provide valuable STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational opportunities and resources.
To better connect our neighbors with local STEM opportunities, we recently hosted the fourth annual Community Career+Education Forum, in partnership with Central Nine Career Center and Aspire Johnson County. With our U.S. headquarters located in Greenwood, Indiana, we’re proud to help bolster the educational and career opportunities available to surrounding communities.
This year’s event brought together more than 1,000 students, parents, educators, and manufacturing professionals from local areas, including Johnson, Marion, Shelby, and Bartholomew counties. Participants got the chance to learn about new career opportunities in advanced manufacturing and other skilled trades, connect with industry professionals, and learn more about the manufacturing world as a whole.
Each year, the Community Career+Education Forum helps connect students, parents, teachers, administrators, and educators with various opportunities in STEM careers and STEM-related programs. This exciting event allows also participants to meet with college representatives to discuss educational opportunities, and various classroom grants are awarded to participating schools. Other events vary from year to year; this year’s forum included robotics demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours of our facility, information booths, social media challenges, and several contests and giveaways.
Through this event, Endress+Hauser strives to teach the next generation of workers about the dynamic and exciting opportunities currently available in STEM. Endress+Hauser’s Vice President of Human Resources, Brandyn Ferguson, finds significant value in promoting STEM early on. He says, “To increase the technical talent pool years from now, we must inform, inspire, and empower students — and all of their adult influencers — on what kinds of great careers await them, and the educational and vocational paths that will get them there.”
To promote STEM beyond this event and bring additional opportunities to the classroom, the Community Career+Education Forum created a special challenge for educators in which participants from the education field filled out “educator passports.” These passports were facilitated with networking and helped connect educators with local industry partners and organizations; for each connection these education professionals made, they earned a “stamp.” Once the passports were filled, educators were eligible to receive classroom grants to fund exciting, hands-on STEM programs. This year, we were pleased to have more than 100 teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators participate in the passport-fueled fun, receiving more than $10,000 in STEM grants for local classrooms!
Endress+Hauser understands the importance of STEM education for today’s youth, and we’re proud to play a part in reaching the next generation of manufacturers and engineers. Thanks to our more than 30 exhibitors and nearly 100 volunteers, our 2017 Community Career+Education Forum was a huge success.
For a complete list of participating exhibitors, events, and testimonials, download the event brochure here. And be sure to save the date for next year’s Community Career+Education Forum, which will be held Sept. 28, 2018. We’ll see you there!