Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu
Worcester, MA – April 17, 2014 – On Wednesday, April 16 at a private event at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, QCC and 12 other academic partners received news of a $660 million in-kind software grant from Siemens Corporation. The grant is for proprietary Siemens manufacturing programs that will be put into manufacturing curriculum at QCC and other area vocational high schools and community colleges and universities.
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 some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics. As software plays an increasing role in the next era of manufacturing, students and faculty will use Siemens’ software in assignments and research related to computer-aided-design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and data management, all transferrable skills in the manufacturing industry.
The donation was facilitated through the coordinated efforts of Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) and QCC’s lead administrator for the Massachusetts Community Colleges and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA), Dale Allen, Phd., Vice President for Community Engagement. Dr. Allen said, “QCC will be the hub of training throughout the region for this software implementation that is critical to the education of our advanced manufacturing students and also to our manufacturing partners.”
Quinsigamond Community College President Gail E. Carberry said, “In partnership with MassMEP and the Massachusetts community colleges, Siemens software leverages the role of education in driving the state’s advanced manufacturing industry. Our goal is to create the most productive advanced manufacturing workforce in the nation.”
Lee Duerden, Program Coordinator for QCC’s Manufacturing Technology program said, “We are very excited about this donation and will be working diligently to incorporate the software into our curriculum.”
Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.