Siemens PLM Software and the SME Education Foundation provide $538,500 in-kind software grant to the Academy of Engineering at River Ridge High School to expand delivery of advanced engineering education.
DEARBORN, Mich. and PLANO, Texas, October 11, 2011 — The SME Education Foundation,  recognized for its commitment to the educational needs of youth and preparing them to excel with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, and Siemens PLM Software , a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced an in-kind software grant valued at $538,500 to the Academy of Engineering  at River Ridge High School  in New Port Richey, Fla.
The in-kind software grant was made through Siemens PLM Software’s successful GO PLM™ program , which supports more than one million students annually at more than 11,000 global institutions. The software grant includes free center-based training and free upgrades and tech support for 30 seats of Solid Edge® software , the most complete mainstream hybrid 2D/3D CAD system, with synchronous technology, a Siemens PLM Software innovation that combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension driven design.
The Academy of Engineering was established due to the demands of the workforce to develop prospective engineers. The Academy opened its doors in September 2009 due to the collaborative partnership between Pasco County’s Career and Technical Education Department, River Ridge High School, the Pasco Economic Power Development Council, Pasco Hernando Workforce Board, Business Partners, Pall Aeropower, Micron Pharma Works and Pasco Hernando Community College. Career Academies prepare students to meet the demands of a changing workforce while providing them the opportunity to remain engaged in the educational process to further their knowledge and skill sets for the 21st century.
The Academy of Engineering partners with Project Lead The Way (PLTW ), a national non-profit organization that works with the academy to implement a curriculum, developed by it and imparted by teachers whom it has trained, that emphasize hands-on experience in STEM education. PLTW is recognized for its ability to respond to the needs of industry by preparing competent high-tech employees.
“Our students understand the competitive nature of today’s economy and are excited about having access to what is considered the industry standard for CAD software,” said Dave Hoffman, the lead instructor at the Academy of Engineering. “We now have the ability to align our students’ base of knowledge with the rapidly changing technologies, as they pursue apprenticeships and other school-to-work opportunities. We are most appreciative of Siemens PLM Software and the SME Education Foundation making this possible.”
“Siemens PLM Software provides the Academy of Engineering with access to PLM technology, which otherwise would be out of reach for the academic community, giving students a distinct advantage by being able to use the same PLM technology widely-used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe,” said Hulas King, director, Global Community Solutions and GO PLM Programs, Siemens PLM Software.
“The SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software encourage SME Education Foundation sponsored schools to take advantage of this important opportunity to use the latest state-of-the-art PLM tools in their curriculum,” said Bart A. Aslin, chief executive officer, SME Education Foundation. “Students involved in the dual education system offered at River Ridge High School will be technically superior and more productive to companies who hire them.
Applying for a Siemens PLM Software Grant:
Siemens PLM Software Grant  applications will be evaluated based on school size, academic program content, program exposure, community impact and financial need. A typical grant involves in-kind contributions of the PLM software for a set period of time along with support and upgrades covered by the grant. Extensive training materials are also available. For more information and access to the online grant application, visit http://www.smeef.org/grants/siemens_plm_software.php 
About River Ridge High School:
Founded in 1991 as River Ridge Middle / High School, the design of the facility, curriculum choices, and its 300-plus staff members strive to provide numerous opportunities for its students’ success on a common campus for grades 6-12. Academics are the cornerstone of its offerings, in addition to a wide-ranging extracurricular program of athletics and clubs. Visit http://rrhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/ 
GO PLM Program:
Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™  initiative leads the industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides and brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development and the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program. GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than one million students yearly at nearly 11,000 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports visit www.siemens.com/partners/goplm .
About Siemens PLM Software:
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 69,500 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm .
About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $31 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at www.smeef.org . Also visit CareerMe.org for information on advanced manufacturing visit www.CareerMe.org  and our award-winning web site for young people, www.ManufacturingisCool.com 
Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. GO PLM, NX, Solid Edge, Teamcenter, Tecnomatix and Velocity Series are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.
Media Contacts: Bart A. Aslin, chief executive officer, SME Education Foundation, 313.425-3302, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Salim Rahimi, Siemens PLM Software, 972.987-3206, email@example.com ; Dave Hoffman, instructor, Academy of Engineering, River Ridge High School, 727.774-7200.