Michigan Tech Receives $110,000 Grant from GM
In an effort to expand student competencies related to emerging technologies in the automotive industry, yesterday (March 2), long-time University supporter, General Motors (GM), awarded Michigan Tech a $110,000 grant through its University/Organization Partner Program.
The grant will provide continuing support for a variety of student activities, including the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, Manufacturing Engineering Initiatives, pre-college STEM outreach and diversity programs.
A highlight of this year’s grant is GM’s focus on providing significant funding for diversity programs administered by Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).
"With continued support from GM, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion was able to enhance our Social Justice Lecture Series and helped us bring well know educators and quality speakers to campus that enrich our community,” said Kellie Raffaelli, CDI director.
Kurt Wiese, GM's VP for global manufacturing engineering said, "As the corporate landscape continues to evolve, it becomes even more evident that diversity will play a major role in corporate success.
“With the consumer market evolving and customer demands exceeding new levels, it is imperative that organizations remain agile and adaptive. Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides the experiences and support for engineering students to become important contributors to society. As a company, General Motors values diversity, in all forms, as a core strength in our ability to meet or exceed customer’s expectations today and going forward.”
Michigan Tech and General Motors share a long-standing partnership dating back to at least 1940.
Through the University/Organization Partner Program, GM annually grants $3 million to support leading universities and partnering organizations across the country. The program aims to strengthen higher education curricula in STEM and other fields important to the automotive industry, with a goal of preparing more students to graduate with related organizations, and career development resources.