IBM makes "BACK TO SCHOOL" donation of $30 million in manufacturing equipment

Technology training programs at more than 100 colleges and universities to benefit

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<span style="font - 28 Aug 2000: .. IBM today announced the donation of 56 semi-trailer loads of state-of-the-art computer manufacturing equipment to the Fresno City College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT). The equipment will benefit more than 100 community colleges and universities across the U.S., including Santa Clara University, the University of Florida, the University of Michigan, and Stanford University.

IBM's contribution is the centerpiece of CACT's "Partners in Technology" program, which is leveraging a network of schools to help distribute the equipment. The latest IBM donation enabled CACT to extend the program beyond California and across the U.S. The goal is to offer hands-on technology training that will help expand the pool of skilled robotic and manufacturing maintenance technicians.

"Aside from the enormous economic impact IBM's equipment and support services have had, the program has helped us forge partnerships with other educational institutions," explains Ken Olson, Director of CACT for Fresno City College. "These partnerships provide the foundation for a high-quality, easily replicable technology transfer program that ultimately benefits students across the country."

In addition to the equipment donation, IBM has provided technical and engineering support, training manuals, as well as staff training and project management assistance. IBM has also offered to help with curriculum development and is inviting other technology manufacturers to participate in the program.

"We're pleased to hear how much this donation has enriched the schools, and how it will benefit a whole new generation of technology professionals," said Ted Olsson, IBM's Corporate Community Relations Manager in San Jose. "We look forward to partnering with Fresno City College CACT to help students prepare for today's competitive job market."

Fresno City College CACT is one of 12 technology training centers located at California community colleges. It was organized to facilitate the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies, assist in the deployment of new technology, deliver education and training, host hands-on demonstration Web sites, and provide expert technical assistance.

IBM is a global leader in the development, production and marketing of the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer and networking systems, software, storage devices and microelectronics. IBM translates these technologies into value for customers worldwide through its industry-specialized solutions and professional services.

Training a new generation of tech experts

"We are using IBM's equipment as a lecture aid for our introductory course to robotics, as well as to teach freshman level engineering automation concepts," said Timothy Haynes, Coordinator of Engineering and Industrial Outreach at Haywood Community College in North Carolina.

"IBM's equipment will be used to enhance our research and education programs in magnetic recording technologies at the University of Minnesota," explains Jack Judy, professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

"We are currently using the robot donation to partner with U.C. Riverside's School of Engineering to develop a factory automation curriculum," said Hank Rogers, Director of the Riverside City College CACT.

"We use IBM's equipment primarily in graduate level research projects, and some in laboratory classes. In addition, we are using the equipment to develop laser-based diagnostics for flowing gases," explains Ronald Hanson, professor at Stanford University and chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Dept.

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