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Strategic Focus Areas

 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

As the global economy evolves, so do the skills that will be needed by tomorrow’s leaders. To prepare communities for these demands, Arconic Foundation focuses on projects that ignite a child’s passion for the STEM disciplines and increase enrollment in STEM studies. To increase STEM diversity, we place a special emphasis on engaging girls, women, minorities and other underrepresented or underserved groups, to encourage them to pursue science and technology careers.  

We partner with high schools, community colleges and universities to deliver innovative STEM educational materials and expose our youth to fascinating STEM career opportunities. We support supplemental in-school and extracurricular programs, provide funding for state-of-the-art equipment and machinery that enables practical experience, and support curriculum development that is aligned with current standards and provided to teachers free of charge. 

  • Society for Science and the Public (SSP): Arconic Foundation funding helps SSP promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays to inform, educate, and inspire.  Whether we are supporting the premiere global science competition--the International Science and Engineering Fair, sponsoring SSP's popular "Cool Jobs" series of articles, or working to increase the numbers of underrepresented groups at science competitions of all types through the Advocate Grant Program, Arconic Foundation is helping to ignite students' passion for scientific study and meaningful careers in STEM fields.
  • Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF): With Arconic funding, BEF has traveled to Arconic communities across the US to implement its Solar 4R Schools program, which helps K-12 educators prepare the next generation of clean energy leaders by integrating renewable energy science and technology into STEM education. Arconic Foundation helps ensure that BEF continues to implement its comprehensive, award-winning, teacher-driven renewable energy education programs, which include professional development workshops for educators and lessons on renewable energy science and technology. Fun and instructive sessions energize teachers, who can share with students their new insights into the exciting science behind renewable energy.

Workforce Development

The jobs of the future will require workers all over the world to upgrade their skills. To prepare the communities in which Arconic operates to be globally competitive, Arconic Foundation is focusing on projects that provide education and training opportunities in engineering and advanced manufacturing. Every day, we’re helping the workforce set the stage for self-sufficiency in an increasingly challenging world.

Those who are equipped with the skills and opportunities they need to succeed will fuel the economic vitality of their communities.  Arconic Foundation takes a practical and holistic approach to workforce development that simultaneously addresses potential barriers to individual advancement and the needs and resources of each community.  As responsible corporate citizens, we place a special emphasis on underserved and underrepresented groups to help lift society as a whole.

  • Institute for International Education (IIE): Arconic Foundation and the IIE work with local nonprofit partners and manufacturers to identify and create meaningful internship opportunities for underserved youth. In communities across the world, the Arconic Global Internship Program matches students with local manufacturers to develop their skills and employability while giving employers a new pipeline of talent. In Russia, we support the training of college students in technical disciplines through the IIE Technical Education Program. The Technical Education Program advances STEM through stipends, equipment investment and teacher support – all designed to better prepare students for successful careers in a variety of technical fields. 
  • Discovery Education: Arconic Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launched “Manufacture Your Future,” a new online destination designed to inspire thousands of students in grades 6–12 to take the first step towards exploring and pursuing today’s manufacturing careers.  In addition to the free curriculum, "Manufacture Your Future" launched its first virtual field trip on U.S. National Manufacturing Day, October 3, 2014. Students got an inside look at careers in advanced manufacturing through an interactive event hosted live from an Arconic facility. More than 150,000 students from 4,300 schools across the US participated. Since then, two more virtual field trips have taken place in the US and the UK, reaching an additional 200,000 students. 

Access and Diversity

Too often around the globe, lack of access is a principal reason many young people don’t explore STEM fields of study. Overcrowded urban schools as well as those in sparsely populated rural areas suffer from the effects of decreased funding and limited budgets.  In struggling school districts, many science teachers lack resources or training to deliver a quality, updated STEM curriculum.

 Arconic Foundation aims to make STEM studies and lessons available to underserved and underrepresented groups in urban and rural communities, including teachers. To increase diversity in STEM fields, we place special emphasis on engaging and educating girls, women, veterans and other minority populations. For example, Arconic Foundation supports veterans' transition into the civilian workforce through workforce readiness programs and expanded access to long-term employment opportunities.

  • Hiring Our Heroes (HOH): HOH, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Arconic Foundation sponsors multiple HOH hiring fairs each year in Arconic communities, making it possible for small- and medium-sized companies to attend the job fairs and recruit talented veterans. Through HOH, Arconic is present on military bases, educating personnel about careers in advanced manufacturing and recruiting veterans who are entering or returning to the civilian workforce. 
  • The Manufacturing Institute (MI): Arconic Foundation works with MI, a leading authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent, to change perceptions of veterans among hiring managers at manufacturing companies and to match veterans with rewarding careers in advanced engineering.  With Arconic Foundation support, MI released an employer playbook on hiring and retaining veterans. "From Military Front Lines to Manufacturing Front Lines: Veterans and Your Workforce" contains tips and best practices for manufacturers on resourcing, hiring and retaining veterans. We also are a member of "Get Skills to Work,” MI's coalition of manufacturing companies and community and technical colleges dedicated to recruiting, training, and retaining veterans in advanced manufacturing and other career disciplines.  
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE): Arconic Foundation supports SWE's Collegiate Coaching Program, which connects college students with their own SWE-vetted career coach.  Through the Collegiate Coaching Program, students receive at least three individualized coaching sessions designed to help them transition successfully into STEM careers.  SWE's mission is to help women achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the business value of diversity.

"Thank you so much for your assistance. Your career advice, resume critique and networking insight opened new doors for me. "

Michelle Truong | Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

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