Houston’s S.H.A.P.E. Community Center Unveils and Dedicates New Technology Center in Memory of Volunteer
S.H.A.P.E. Community Center partners with Siemens Digital Industries Software and Houston Community College to provide Xcelerator portfolio of software, hardware and training to support technology center
Houston, TX February 24 – S.H.A.P.E. Community Center in Houston, TX is announcing the dedication and grand opening of The Marcos Mazula Technology Center. Marcos Mazula was a long-time S.H.A.P.E. volunteer and children’s educational advocate who started the first technology program at the community center 10 years ago. Marcos was a gifted artist, with a passion for technology and he generously shared his gifts with the students in the S.H.A.P.E. community to expand their natural interests, curiosities and horizons.
Together, Houston Community College (HCC) and Siemens will enable S.H.A.P.E. to introduce students to computer-aided design (CAD) software, 3D printing and engineering pathways that are not always accessible to under-resourced communities. This program will align with S.H.A.P.E.’s mission to improve the quality of life for people of African descent through programs and activities, with emphasis on unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
“The partnership between S.H.A.P.E., Siemens, and Houston Community College expands Marcos’ vision and builds on S.H.A.P.E.’s foundation of self-help through education. The program helps children focus the interest that many already have in digital technologies into higher education and career opportunities,” said Shondra Muhammad, Deputy Executive Director of S.H.A.P.E. “This program shows that when we partner together and merge the advantages of our respective service areas, like we have with Houston Community College and Siemens, we are able to create a sustainable education model that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion in spaces where it did not previously flourish.”
Houston Community College also will offer new internship opportunities for exceptional engineering students to work at S.H.A.P.E. Interns will share the responsibility of introducing community members to the field of engineering through hands-on training in Solid Edge™ a software platform from Siemens Digital Industries.
“Through mentoring, interactive tutorials and hands-on training, HCC students will show students that engineering can be fun and further demonstrate how engineers make the world a better place through creative problem-solving,” said HCC Central President Dr. Muddassir Siddiqi. “The internship opportunity extends HCC student’s academic experience and provides a real-world opportunity to reinforce what they have learned in class.”
“Our software is used by engineers at more than 170,000 companies globally, and we are pleased to grant it to the S.H.A.P.E community along with hardware and laptops,” said Barbara Humpton, President and CEO of Siemens USA. “Together with partners such as Houston Community College, we can empower students of all ages to gain hands-on experience using digital technology and help to develop the next generation of leaders in industry and infrastructure.”
Contact for journalists
Follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/siemensUSA
S.H.A.P.E. Community Center was founded by “the community” in 1969 because Houston’s Civil Rights Movement needed a place that could give birth to the programs that would give meaning to their protests. Today, S.H.A.P.E. is fondly called “The United Nations of the ’Hood” for bringing together people of varied affiliations, for the improvement of the community. In S.H.A.P.E., the Pan-African community finds a distinctive environment that provides a culturally safe space, free from the stigma and trauma of historical exclusion and oppression in an imbalanced power structure.
Siemens Corporation is a subsidiary of Siemens AG, a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, a globally leading medical technology provider shaping the future of healthcare. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power. Siemens has been supporting the industries and creating the infrastructure forming the backbone of America’s economy for more than 160 years, with 40,000 employees, 17,000 suppliers, and customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. In fiscal 2020, Siemens Group USA generated revenue of nearly $20 billion.
Houston Community College (HCC) is composed of 15 Centers of Excellence and numerous satellite centers that serve the diverse communities in the Greater Houston area by preparing individuals to live and work in an increasingly international and technological society. HCC is one of the country’s largest singly accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities. To learn more, visit www.hccs.edu.