Promoting STEM in a Variety of Ways

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STEM: Feature Story

STEM: Feature Story

Promoting STEM in a Variety of Ways

Promoting STEM in a Variety of Ways

Corning has succeeded for more than 160 years through sustained innovation, research and development and a deep understanding of material science. Such longevity would not have been possible without a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

To be successful for another 160 years, Corning recognizes the workforce will have to be equipped with skills that are becoming increasingly more complex. There is more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as more companies rely on innovation to distinguish themselves in a global marketplace.

“STEM skills are essential ingredients of innovation; they’re vital to ensuring America’s competitiveness; and they expand opportunities for job seekers in a challenging economic environment.” - Wendell P. Weeks, Corning CEO, president and chairman

“We are competing in a global economy where technology innovation is the biggest differentiator,” said Wendell P. Weeks, Corning CEO, president and chairman. “STEM skills are essential ingredients of innovation; they’re vital to ensuring America’s competitiveness; and they expand opportunities for job seekers in a challenging economic environment.”

To help meet this challenge, Corning is committed to providing young people the opportunity to develop STEM capabilities – in the early grades through the college ranks. And Corning does that through a variety of ways, most often in partnership with local school districts that otherwise may not have the resources to maintain or enhance STEM curricula.

The Corning Incorporated Foundation was established in 1952 to administer the company’s charitable contributions and is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities where Corning is an active corporate citizen. The Foundation makes annual grants totaling more than $5 million, with more than half directed toward K-12 education and selected institutions of higher learning.

Corning and its employees are also directly involved in supporting STEM by providing internships in science and technology, offering instructional resources to local school districts, volunteering as instructors, and hosting STEM-related activities.

The Alternative School for Math and Science middle school in Corning, N.Y., opened by Corning in 2004, provides students a STEM-based curriculum in a fully-connected environment following its designation as a Samsung School in 2014.

Helping provide the best education to prepare our children for the challenges that lie ahead is a responsibility Corning embraces. Making our children’s future more promising ultimately improves our communities, our business, and our American way of life.