Founded in 1998, the Siemens Foundation ignites and sustains today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The Foundation offers a variety of programs aimed at supporting workforce development and engaging students in education initiatives in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Find out more about the programs available in the United States.
Preparing Young Adults for STEM Technical Careers
The Siemens Foundation launched its workforce development efforts in 2015 to help close the opportunity gap for young adults in STEM middle-skill careers. Leveraging the experience and expertise of Siemens as an industry leader and pioneer in workforce development, the Foundation identified this crucial area as a place where we can have an important impact on America’s workforce.
Businesses like Siemens continue to seek silled workers to expand and diversify their STEM workforce. America’s young adults face the unique challenge of competing for 21st century jobs with international peers, while also facing significant barriers to postsecondary education and training that adequately prepares them for work. Addressing this disconnect is critical for America’s employers, the next generation of workers, and renewing the promise of the American dream for everyone, regardless of their background or zip code.
Many of these jobs require competencies in science, technology, engineering, and math, or a combination of these STEM fields. These middle-skill jobs (referring to the credential, which is more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree, and not the level of talent) are essential to our nation’s economic growth and provide promising career opportunities. The Siemens Foundation’s workforce development initiatives increase access to these skills and help businesses and workers achieve greater prosperity.
Our vision for closing the opportunity gap:
- Raise awareness in national forums and through partnership programs
- Promote a positive perception of STEM middle-skill opportunities
- Identify and scale effective training models
The Aspen Institute – College Excellence Program
The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.
Leveraging the existing Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the new Siemens Technical Scholars project recognizes exemplary young adults in STEM programs at top community colleges. The goal – positively brand STEM middle-skill jobs by marketing top Scholar profiles.
National Governors Association (NGA)
Work-Based Learning Policy Academy
NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices, with support from the Siemens Foundation, is assisting states in scaling high quality work-based learning programs for youth and young adults in STEM-intensive industries such as advanced manufacturing, health care, information technology and energy. Currently in Phase III, since 2016 the Academy has engaged 18 states and 1 territory through a mix of intensive technical assistance, peer learning, and topic-based learning labs.
Leveraging the American Apprenticeship Grants (AAG), a historic $175 million federal program to expand apprenticeships, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices provides tailored support and peer-learning open to grant winners to achieve and sustain success. The goal – scale participation in apprenticeships, expand the workforce development model to new industries and sectors, and share innovations from the grantees nationwide.
The Center on Education and Skills at New America (CESNA) is dedicated to broadening the array of high quality educational options for students of all ages, including through greater access to apprenticeship. While there has been renewed interest in apprenticeship recently, investments have focused on adult students and job seekers. But there are good reasons to believe that extending apprenticeship opportunities to younger Americans – those in their last two years of high school – would generate important benefits for students and society. In fact, youth apprenticeship is common in countries with the most successful apprenticeship systems and is often credited for the very low rates of youth unemployment or underemployment in those countries.
CESNA is partnering with the Siemens Foundation on a project to explore the opportunities and challenges for expanding youth apprenticeship in the United States with the goal of identifying strategies for overcoming common obstacles to building programs in high schools, particularly in middle-skill STEM fields. This year long research project will include case studies of successful programs as well as in-depth analysis of the cultural, political, and practical barriers – both real and perceived – to growing youth apprenticeship.
The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA)
The Siemens Foundation is also one of a group of funders of The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA), multi-year collaborative initiative that will support the success of efforts in states and cities to expand access to high-quality apprenticeship opportunities for high school age youth. Expanding youth apprenticeship is a strategy for building a more inclusive economy by connecting the learning needs of students with the talent needs of industry.
Siemens and Advance CTE are working on a project, Strategies for Attracting Students to High-Quality CTE, which supports states and local communities across the country in their efforts to attract and recruit students into high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study. This two-pronged approach will develop effective messaging to be used at the state and local level, as well as provide support to select states as they identify, pilot and evaluate strategies for recruiting students into high-quality CTE.
This project will leverage Advance CTE’s membership – state CTE directors and leaders from all 50 states – as well as CTE: Learning that works for America, a national campaign adopted by 49 states and over 700 communities, to ensure any resources and lessons learned are disseminated and implemented widely. The goal – provide effective recruitment strategies to increase participation in high-quality CTE.
Association of Controls Professionals
The Siemens Foundation is advancing its mission to narrow the opportunity gap for young people in the United States in STEM careers with the launch of a new workforce training program to fill skilled positions in the intelligent buildings industry in collaboration with Siemens Building Technologies and the Association of Controls Professionals (ACP). Together, the organizations will create community college training programs and develop career pathways into local K-12 systems, both aligned to new, non-proprietary industry certifications under development by ACP. This innovative program will focus on reaching traditionally underserved or underrepresented student communities and providing them the opportunity to excel in a software-driven field. The Foundation will invest more than $1.6 million in the workforce training program over a three-year period. The first iteration, A Step In STEM, launched in DeKalb County in metro Atlanta in May of 2019.
Workforce Development in the News
Siemens STEM Day
Siemens STEM Day has expanded to now include hands on activities for high school students. The program provides tools for students from their first experiences with problem solving, experimentation, and the scientific method, all the way through to an advanced understanding of STEM principles. This online platform enables parents and teachers to engage students in STEM through tools, resources, and hands-on activities which are aligned to national science standards for students in grades K through 12.
• Siemens STEM Day provides an opportunity to talk about the importance of science and technology as "cool" subjects that can lead to exciting career opportunities.
• In addition to speaking to students about math and science, volunteers conduct hands-on experiments developed by Discovery Education.
Explore 5 NEW Siemens STEM Day high school activities
Five new activities for grades 9-12 were added to the Siemens STEM Day offerings for fall 2019.
Pixel Art, Medication in the Body, Credit Card Debt, Designing a Mars Rover and Sound for Vision are the latest activity modules added to the SIemens STEM Day site for students in grades 9-12.
Siemens STEM Day features Career Profiles in STEM
The path to a fulfilling STEM career can start with a technical school or community college program, an apprenticeship, or a four-year degree. The Siemens STEM Day site features Career Profile videos that share real stories with today’s students about the opportunities that are possible in rapidly expanding STEM roles.
Siemens Healthineers' Employees are Providing a Pipeline to Future STEM Careers with Siemens STEM Day Activities
Siemens Healthineers' employees in Tarrytown, NY, have shared their passion for STEM education and careers by inicluding Siemens STEM Day activities in their annual Take Your Child to Work Day event.
SCROLL TO VIDEO TO HEAR FROM DONALD AND OTHERS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE
Fostering the future
From $4,000 merit scholarships for outstanding students, to networking opportunities within the Scholar Network and philanthropic initiatives, the Siemens Foundation is helping to foster the future.
Siemens employees and leaders team to support STEM outreach in local communities to ignite and sustain today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.
High school juniors who are children of active, full-time Siemens employees are eligible to apply for a $4,000 scholarship. Winners are selected based on their academic record throughout high school, PSAT/NMSQT test scores, school recommendations, significant contributions to the school and community, and the student’s statement of goals and interests. This program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
The Siemens Career Path Employee Scholarships (“CP Scholarships”) are designed to support and inspire the children of Siemens employees who may wish to pursue middle-skill STEM careers and other areas of education study, by providing two-year scholarships of up to $2,000 to attend accredited community and technical colleges. All phases of the Siemens Foundation Career Path Scholarship Program including the selection of the winners and payment of the scholarship stipends are handled for the Siemens Foundation by International Scholarship and Tuition Service, Inc. (ISTS)
Students who have received scholarships from Siemens are invited to join the Siemens Scholar Network, which provides access to seminars, workshops, and social events to offer networking opportunities with Siemens executives and members of the scientific and academic communities.
The Siemens Foundation partners with employee liaisons and leaders at Siemens business locations across the United States to multiply the impact of employee involvement in philanthropic outreach. Bringing employees together with leaders in a united effort to exchange and implement ideas and form strong teams drives volunteer support for local communities and national campaigns. Employees are encouraged to provide feedback and continuously improve programs such as the Siemens STEM Day initiative and to support volunteer efforts.
- Launched in 2016
- Accelerating low cost healthcare solutions through student research
- For College Students in diagnostics healthcare that serve society
- Paid Fellowships at PATH’s
The application for the 2020 Fellowship is now closed.
A global health opportunity for science, technology, engineering, and math students
Launched in 2016, the Siemens Foundation has partnered with PATH, a leading global health organization to launch the Siemens Foundation PATH Fellowship Program. The program engages science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students in innovative, hands-on assignments that serve society by accelerating high-impact, low-cost solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health needs. Based in PATH’s Seattle, Washington, office, fellows are provided a meaningful research and laboratory experience and exposed to career opportunities in global health.
The Siemens Foundation PATH Fellowship Program is funded by The Healthineers Fund of the Siemens Foundation.
Three-month, full-time assignment, May through August 2020 or June through September 2020 (flexible)
Estimated number of hours per week: 40
Location of fellowship: Seattle, WA
Wage: $3,000/month; $9,000 total per fellow
Housing: $1,400/month; $4,200 total per fellow (for those not currently based in Seattle)
PATH is a leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms — vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.
Siemens Healthineers enables healthcare providers worldwide to increase value by empowering them on their journey toward expanding precision medicine, transforming care delivery, improving the patient experience, and digitalizing healthcare. A leader in medical technology, Siemens Healthineers is constantly innovating its portfolio of products and services in its core areas of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging, and in laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine. Siemens Healthineers is also actively developing its digital health services and enterprise services. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens Healthineers generated revenue of €13.4 billion and adjusted profit of €2.3 billion and has about 50,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available at www.siemens-healthineers.com.
Siemens Healthineers Employees Mentor Global Health Innovators
Mentors worked with STEM students to guide them in their pursuit to prevent and eradicate disease around the world.
The summer of 2019 marked the fourth consecutive year of the Siemens Foundation's partnership with the Seattle-based PATH, a global leader in the development of sustainable and innovative healthcare solutions for underserved communities. Six student fellows received support from the Siemens Foundation, and worked with several mentors from Siemens Healthineers teams across the company’s Laboratory Diagnostics, Point of Care Diagnostics and Molecular Diagnostics businesses. Continue here for the full story.
Siemens Foundation CEO, David Etzwiler, commemorates the conclusion of the 2019 Siemens Foundation/PATH Fellowship Program with this year's fellow class.