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There is more emphasis on STEM education as more companies rely on innovation to distinguish themselves in a global marketplace.

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Corning Helps Launch New High-Tech School

Corning has secured a major victory in its effort to connect students and industry in the region with the creation of a high-tech learning opportunity called "P-TECH." A new Pathways in Technology Early College High School opens this fall after years of work on the part of a team put together by the company.

The new school marks a major milestone in Corning's ongoing efforts to build a local workforce equipped with high-tech manufacturing skills.

For the 2016-17 school year, 40 ninth-grade stu­dents will be the first to benefit from instruction that allows them to earn a high school diploma and an associ­ate's degree in up to six years at no cost to their families. Upon graduation, they get a "first-in-line" opportunity for job placements with P-TECH corporate mentors, including Corning.

Bring Your Child to Work Day

The Technology Community Women's Network recently presented Bring Your Child to Work Day 2015 at Corning's Sullivan Park facility, providing kids with the exciting opportunity to see what mom and dad do.

Corning scientists led two chemical magic shows. The scientists not only had children come up on stage and help with cool experiments, but also took the time to hang out after each show and talk to the children and take pictures with them.

Another big hit was an activity that let the kids make slime and quicksand. They also enjoyed taking lab tours throughout Sullivan Park.

In the afternoon, if they weren't in the magic show audience, students could participate in Lego League and Robotic activities.

Corning Supports Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation

Corning Incorporated Foundation has provided new funding to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd Foundation) aimed at supporting both students and teachers through the BioTeach initiative.

BioTeach offers lab equipment and grants to schools, biotechnology curricula and professional development, mentoring for teachers, and career guidance for high school students. The program currently reaches 201 schools and has been recognized by the Massachusetts governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Advisory (STEM) Council.

Corning Employees Teach During "Kids in College” Program

A group of Optical Communications engineers and staff went back to college this summer, not as students but as teachers of high school students who could one day become innovators.

Several Optical Communications employees volunteered for the “Kids in College” program at Lenoir-Rhyne University. The program seeks to educate gifted and talented students on how to solve scientific and technological problems they might face in everyday work situations.

Corning’s involvement continues the company’s ongoing involvement in STEM education.

​Science Professionals Gather at California Plant for STEM Event

Corning Life sciences professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area gathered at the Axygen plant to celebrate women in science while learning about Corning's work.

Many of the 30-plus attendees at the Life Sciences facility event came through a nationwide organization called the Association of Women in Science (AWIS), which focuses on women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related careers. The district manager for Corning Life Sciences helped coordinate the event to support both AWIS and Corning.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley & USCF, GenenTech, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Illumina, and other organizations attended the event. Corning employees set up a product display featuring the Genomic Product Line and gave a presentation about Corning, the Union City plant, and the plant's manufacturing processes.

Corning Supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Many of the brightest young engineering students in the United States think first of Corning when considering where to launch their careers.

That's the result of the company's long-term strategy to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – an effort that has brought scores of top talent to the company and helped ensure a diverse workforce, especially in the technology community.

The Career Communications Group, Inc. recently named Corning to its list of Top Supporters of HBCUs, an honor the company has earned every year since the list began in 2002. Corning – along with other industry leaders like 3M, Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard and Ford – was recognized not only for monetary grants to HBCUs, but for personalized research and mentorship projects, scholarships, engineering faculty development, and other activities to help build quality educational programs in engineering and science.