SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. | For the second consecutive year, Bosch Rexroth Corporation is supporting STEM education in the Lehigh Valley by funding Lehigh Career & Technical Institute events designed to expose students to career paths that begin with the study of science, technology, engineering and math.
Thanks to a nearly $20,000 grant from Bosch Rexroth, LCTI is slated to host four such events this fall. Andreas P. Torell, vice president and commercial plant manager for Bosch Rexroth’s Bethlehem area operations, visited LCTI’s campus on Wednesday to present officials with the $19,500 gift.
LCTI Executive Director Tim Rushton, former Executive Director Sandy Himes, Director of Academic & Special Programs Grace Loeffler-Guldin and Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Education Jan Klevis, along with Bosch Rexroth Human Resources Manager Richard Cory, were on hand for the check presentation.
Bosch Rexroth marked Manufacturing Day 2015 (Oct. 2) by hosting the first of LCTI’s STEM education events. About 90 students toured the corporation’s manufacturing plant and distribution center in Bethlehem Township. Throughout the day, tour guides helped students understand how many of the skills they’re learning at LCTI serve as a foundation for tasks Bosch Rexroth employees perform at the facilities.
The guides, along with teachers and guidance counselors present, also discussed the variety of jobs available in the manufacturing industry and how they align with LCTI’s programs of study.
For example, students in LCTI’s Pre-engineering & Engineering Technology program learned about how they could go on to work as industrial engineers charged with identifying money-saving production efficiencies. Students in the school’s Supply Chain Management & Logistics Technology program, meanwhile, learned about how they could one day manage the storage and distribution of raw materials necessary for production.
On Friday, LCTI is hosting Girls in Engineering — its second Bosch Rexroth-funded STEM education – event of the year. The goal is to expose female students to Precision Machine Tool Technology, Drafting/Computer-Aided Design and other LCTI programs that can lead to jobs in engineering, a field dominated by men.