WELLESLEY HILLS (April 24, 2014) – World leading industrial giant, Siemens, announced last week that it is donating $660 million of in-kind software grants for manufacturing to thirteen Massachusetts technical and vocational schools, the largest of its kind given to the state. MassBay Community College has been named among twelve institutions of higher education that will receive the software. MassBay is expected to receive approximately $34 million in grant funding to help prepare and train students to fill the growing skills gap in the manufacturing sector. This industry is projected to fill over 100,000 jobs in the next decade.
“We are grateful for this grant from Siemens which will give our students the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the advanced manufacturing industry in Massachusetts,” said MassBay President John O’Donnell. “Our students will now have access to the same software used across the automotive, medical, and high-tech industries to build some of the world’s most sophisticated products.”
“It is important that our students gain the skills to stay competitive in this growing and changing industry,” said MassBay Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Chitra Javdekar. “This donation will provide our students with access to the cutting edge PLM technology the advanced manufacturing industry demands. We are all very excited about the opportunities this software provides our students.”
Siemens software is currently in use by nearly 150 companies throughout the state such as Reebok, Textron, and Raytheon.
MassBay awards associate degrees and certificates in over 70 academic programs in a wide range of career-driven subjects ranging from accounting and automotive technology to forensic DNA science and early childhood education. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.