WASHINGTON (December 10, 2013) – The General Motors Foundation awarded a $110,000 grant to Howard University to be used toward its science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM) curriculum, as part of GM Foundation’s University Grants program.
The grant, which will be administered by United Negro College Fund, will be used to support a variety of initiatives at Howard University, including curriculum development projects, job skills development and creative design.
“Our valued and enduring partnership with the GM Foundation continues to support our mission to produce prepared and qualified graduates for innovative STEM careers,” said Howard University Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “This grant affords our students benefits of effective, hands-on educational resources and interactive classroom experiences.”
In 2013, through its University Grants program, the GM Foundation will provide grants totaling $2.9 million to support 26 leading universities and partnering organizations across the country to advance STEM and related curricula that support innovation, technology and manufacturing.
“Working with leaders in education to strengthen curricula, foster a diverse learning environment and challenge young minds is a top priority for us,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “By supporting higher education programs, we are ensuring that the next generation of leaders and innovators receive the necessary knowledge and skills to compete in a global marketplace.”
The GM Foundation funding at Howard University will be used to support the following:
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Curriculum Development Project
The engineering Curriculum Development Project will incorporate automotive informatics into the design of novel systems or components in support of the PACE design challenge. The project will focus on specific ways information technology changes/impacts component design in fundamentally new ways. The students working on this project will participate in a collaborative team project for the next PACE Global Forum project competition.
Student Organization – Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
The Howard University student chapter of the ACM, the world’s largest educations and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. The grant will be used to purchase software and cover travel costs for the HU mentor/tutors to represent their school at local and regional programs.
Team Adoption Program (Job Skills)
The Team Adoption program provides companies the opportunity to interact with a group of students who have demonstrated an interest and or ability in areas of study that align with the automotive industry work force criteria. Through mentoring, professional development workshops/speakers and industry site visits, students are familiarized with the corporate climate and gain a thorough understanding of the skills required to compete for positions within Automotive IT/Engineering.
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
21st Century Advantage Program: Team Adoption (Job Skills)
The Team Adoption program provides companies the opportunity to interact with a group of students who have demonstrated an interest and /or ability in areas of study that align with the automotive industry work force criteria. Through mentoring, professional development workshops/ speakers and industry site visits, students are familiarized with the corporate climate and gain a thorough understanding of the skills required to compete for positions within the Automotive Marketing/Supply Chain/and General Business Industry.
Curriculum Development Project
Three marketing classes will participate in the utilization of this grant. An undergraduate Marketing Communications course will implement a campus-wide campaign for their final project and portfolio. The students will be tasked with promoting one or more automotive brands on campus through public relations, advertising and an on-campus event. The major objective of the students will be to learn how to conduct marketing research and use that information to design and implement a cohesive campaign that would both educate potential consumers on the brand and also engage the audience in a positive experience.
Supply Chain Management - Center for Excellence (Curriculum Development)
Howard University Business Center for Excellence supports the MBA and undergraduate supply chain programs of the School of Business. The center provides its students with exposure to real-world corporate America and its supply chains. The Center also provides the SCM students with internships, class lectures, corporate office visits, supply chain conferences and curriculum input to prepare them for a career in this industry.
Curriculum Development Project
The Supply Chain Curriculum Department will work with an undergraduate supply chain class and an MBA class in using this grant. In each class, the students will be assigned a real-life Supply Chain Challenge. The student will study the issue, conduct research, develop an integrated plan and present the plan to industry purchasing and supply chain leaders.
Collaborative Learning Project (Job Skills)
Fine Art Teams will work on collaborative Digital Design Team Project(s). Utilizing team building skills and areas of educational expertise, they will work on real life projects involving varying three-dimensional surface building techniques mirroring aspects of the automotive industry.
Curriculum Development/Job Skills
Engineering and Fine Art Teams will expand their collaborative Digital Design Team Project for presentation at the PACE Forum Global Project Competition. An IT component will be integrated into the final design/engineering project.
About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.