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98 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE By Charlene Gunter du Plessis IPC e IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) hosted its annual STEM Outreach event on ursday, January 27 at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. Due to COVID restrictions and reg- ulations on field trips, the Foundation unfortu- nately could not host all the schools and stu- dents as initially planned, but we were thrilled to welcome nearly 80 students from e3 Civic High School, San Diego. e day was packed with several hands- on technical activities, career exploration, and industry engagement. e students par- ticipated in educational tracks with a focus on soldering, PCB design, a roundtable dis- cussion, and a tour of the IPC APEX EXPO show floor. IPCEF believes that these kinds of activities raise awareness of the skills needed and opportunities available in the electronics manufacturing industry. e event began with an inspirational video and personal keynote address by Sean Pat- terson, president of the Americas for Nano Dimension, about the industry, the company, and their future goals. e Career Panel Lun- cheon, sponsored by TTM Technologies, was broadcast live to approximately 600 attendees, and was moderated by John Mitchell, IPC pres- ident and CEO. e panelists representing the industry, sharing insights and personal career path journeys, were Matt Kelly, IPC; Christina Rutherford, Honeywell; Chance Tiner, TTM Technologies; Aviram Iancovici, Nano Dimen- sion; and Jason Fullerton, CAES. Matt Kelly, IPC chief technologist, encour- aged students to consider pursuing internship opportunities and said that "an internship is as valuable as earning your degree or qualifica- tion." Jason Fullerton echoed it by saying that an internship opened his eyes to what he really wanted to do as a career. IPC Education Foundation STEM Outreach

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