Canadian colleges and universities are among the recipients of nearly $1 million in grants from a foundation set up by automotive parts manufacturer Denso.
The spate of donations by the Denso North America Foundation (DNAF) will go to 25 institutions of higher learning across North America to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programming.
Among the recipients are Conestoga College in Kitchener and the University of Guelph — both in Ontario.
The grants are intended to increase young people’s access to technical education and will be delivered to programs focused on design, materials management, mechanical and electrical engineering principles, thermodynamics, robotics and more – all intended to help cultivate and encourage a new generation of engineers and skilled workers.
“As a global technology and automotive leader, it’s vital for Denso to advance young people’s education in engineering, technology and other related programs,” said Doug Patton, president of the Denso North America Foundation and executive vice president of Engineering at Denso International America, Inc. “To remain competitive in this ever-evolving, hi-tech landscape, it calls for a workforce that is skilled, well-trained and able to adapt quickly. We feel great responsibility to prepare students for what’s next – for the health of our industry and their future careers.”
David Cole, Denso North American Foundation board member, said manufacturing and automotive companies need technically-minded associates now more than ever. “By supporting programs that emphasize STEM learning experiences in real-world settings, we hope to help students explore their passions, find a worthwhile and fulfilling career path, and help our communities prosper,” he said.
DNAF has supported STEM education through grants at colleges and universities since 2001, enabling students to access tools, technology and experiences that better prepare them for technical careers after graduation. DENSO education grant proposals are invite only and evaluated based on technical merit, student experience and alignment with industry needs.
This year’s grant recipients, which play key roles in training the future automotive workforce, include:
Arkansas State University – Jonesboro
California State University Long Beach
California State Polytechnic – Pomona
Cleveland State Community College
CONALEP; Technician National Education
East Tennessee State University
FIME; Mechanical and Electrical Engineer College
Lawrence Tech University
Michigan State University
Michigan Tech University
North Carolina State
Northeast State Community College
Ohio State University
Pellissippi State Community College
Tennessee Tech University
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
University of Guelph
University of Michigan Dearborn
University of Tennessee Chattanooga
University of Tennessee Knoxville
West Virginia University
Western Michigan University
Denso has said it is looking to hire new talent across North America as it continues its pursuit to shape and improve future mobility solutions for all. Positions are available in a variety of roles, business units and locations. Those interested can apply at www.densocareers.com.
Denso is a global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety, with plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico.