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32 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2019 I'm excited about IPC's newest investment in electronics and training programs to address the skills gap in our industry. We've created the IPC Education Foundation—a 501c(3) organization to help students and the emerging workforce acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. The IPC Education Foundation focuses on strengthening and shaping the next genera - tion of workers by engaging the emerging work- force, providing educational opportunities for students, awarding industry-recognized creden- tials, changing the perception of the industry, and offering scholarships to deserving students. The IPC Education Foundation is one of ma- ny investments IPC is making in electronics and training programs to address the skills gap in manufacturing. Members of IPC employ mil- lions of individuals worldwide and are highly Have You Heard About the New IPC Education Foundation? dependent on workers with technical skills. The IPC Education Foundation will: • Sponsor international STEM programs closely related to the industry • Develop global electronics-focused curricula to engage high school and post-secondary students. The Foundation is currently developing curriculum and credentialing pilot programs oriented to high school students and career techni- cal education (CTE) instructors for release later this year • Work with industry leaders to establish and fund an internationally recognized academic scholarship program with schol- arships going to students interested in careers in the electronics industry One World, One Industry by Dr. John Mitchell, IPC—ASSOCIATION CONNECTING ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES

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