One way Corning Incorporated finds and develops well-trained workers is through its longstanding relationship with community colleges and universities.
Corning annually provides higher educational institutions a variety of support with much of it focused on developing and enhancing STEM curricula, technical skills, and research and development.
For example, Corning has strategically built its pool of top-notch technicians over recent years from a creative partnership with Corning Community College called the Technology Pipeline Program The initiative provides students a rigorous, two-year course of scientific and engineering study at the college. Along the way, students also spend at least one day a week working in Corning labs – more during semester breaks - as they learn to operate experimental equipment and interpret data. Upon completing the program, the trainees transition to full-time technician positions.
At Monroe Community College near Rochester, N.Y., Corning Incorporated Foundation, the company’s primary philanthropic arm, awarded a $500,000 grant to help build educational opportunities in optics technologies for area students. At the same time, the program provides a pipeline of skilled workers for optics companies like Corning.
Lenoir-Rhyne University, in Hickory, N.C., received grants from the Foundation for the recent expansion and renovation of the Minges Science Center. Corning Optical Communications is headquartered and has a manufacturing facility nearby.
The Foundation also invests in Corning’s relationships with tomorrow’s leading scientists. It has provided direct grants for pre-doctoral science fellowships in specific fields of study at Cornell University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University; Pennsylvania State University; Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey; Stanford University; and University of California – Santa Barbara.