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Siemens has committed one billion dollars of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at community colleges and universities in Virginia. Students will now have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the world's most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.

The series of in-kind grants was established as a result of an industry need for skilled workers and is designed to support the state's largest industrial employer, NewportNews Ship building, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, and other companies with local ties such asRolls-Royce. The grants are part of ongoing workforcedevelopment collaboration among community colleges, universities and organizations like CCAM, the Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SHVEC) - an organization that provides workforce training to the rural population.

"The manufacturing industry in America is on the rise and is being transformed by a software revolution that is enhancing productivity, increasing efficiency and speeding time to market," said Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO, Siemens PLM Software. "Here in Virginia where ship building is core to the state's economy, it's important we equip students with the tools that will help them build the world's most complex ships for the U.S. Navy, such as the Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers."

Seven academic partners throughout the state are receivingin-kind software grants to support curriculum and training programs including:

-Thomas Nelson Community College - $954.7M: Siemenssoftware will support training in manufacturing process analysis and lifecycle management to expand and modernizemanufacturing curriculum in design and process technologies for up to 400 credit students and 2,600 noncredit workforce students to address workforce development needs for area employers, to include Newport News Shipbuilding.

-New River Community College - $64.3M: Siemens' software to be used in the school's new the NRCC MakerSpace Lab. -Old Dominion University - $746M: An academic member ofCCAM, the grant will help ODU further expand the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) workforce training programming that provides direct benefits to the regional maritime industry, especially Newport News Shipbuilding andthe U.S. Department of Defense. The software will beintegrated into existing undergraduate and graduate curriculum and help develop a PLM center of excellence witha focus on marine engineering.

-Virginia Commonwealth University - $230.9M: From roboticsto biomechanics, the School of Engineering is partnering with School of Business to develop a program inmanufacturing and logistics.

-Virginia State University - $105.6M: The software willsupport six programs at VSU, an organizing member institution of CCAM: Manufacturing Engineering, ComputerEngineering, Computer Science, Electronics EngineeringTechnology, Logistics Technology and Mechanical EngineeringTechnology.

-ECPI University - $130.3M: The Engineering Technologydepartment will use this software to support hands onpractical application and directly benefit industry throughthree programs Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechatronics(Advanced Manufacturing).

-Southern Virginia Higher Education Center - $33M: Inaddition to a$94M in-kind software grant last fall, SVHEC is expanding its use of Siemens PLM software to supportdigital manufacturing. As software plays an increasing role in the next era of manufacturing, students and faculty will use the software in assignments and research related to computer-aided design, engineering simulation, industrial design, digital manufacturing and manufacturing management. The in-kindgrants will also help to expand and modernize manufacturing curriculum in design and process technologies. By using thesoftware in their course work, academic and research projects, students can develop the advanced skills sought after by the more than 77,000 customers who utilize Siemens' software and technology solutions worldwide. This includes nearly 90 companies throughout the region and Commonwealth of Virginia who rely on Siemens' PLM and CAD software including employers such as: Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce and Orbital Sciences Corp.

Newport News Shipbuilding is transitioning to this softwarefor use on the next class of aircraft carriers, the Gerald R. Ford class for the U.S. Navy. Longer than three football fields, this is the most complex ship in the world, and it can accommodate a crew of about 4,500 sailors and more than 75 aircraft. To better address the shipbuilding industry's requirements, Siemens PLM Software maintains a Shipbuilding Center of Excellence in Newport News, VA, to help the shipbuilding industry create value by optimizing its use of PLM software. Siemens announced in March the creation of a Shipbuilding Catalyst, a pre-packaged combination of industry-specific best practice guides, templates andtailored software that integrates and synchronizesshipbuilding operations across the supply chain.

Siemens has already invested more than $1 billion providingsoftware to several Virginia academic insti tutions including CCAM, SVHEC, Virginia State University, VirginiaPolytechnic Institute, and the Lee County Career and Technology Center.

As part of this effort, Siemens is also working with the Virginia Manufacturers Association on a credentialing pathway at community colleges for manufacturing techniciansas well as to improve the perception of careers in manufacturing. This work is being done through the DreamIt. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) network, a free careerre source tool built by Virginia's advanced technology sector to help individuals learn more about exciting fields of possible future employment.

About Siemens

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, systems and services with nine million licensed seats and 77,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLMSoftware helps thousands of companies make great products by optimizing their lifecycle processes, from planning and development through manufacturing and support. Our HD-PLM vision is to give everyone involved in making a product the information they need, when they need it, to make the smartest decision.

Siemens Industry Sector is the world's leading supplier ofinnovative and environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency and flexibility.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, aglobal powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure & cities sectors. For more than 165 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of its products, services and solutions.

With 362,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $100 billion in fiscal 2013. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $24.3 billion, including $5.9 billion in exports, and employs approximately 52,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Manufacturing a New Middle Class: A Software Revolution

Siemens announced a new, multi-city effort to advance thesoftware revolution that is driving the manufacturing resurgence in America and training the next generation workforce. Through the initiative called "Manufacturing a New Middle Class: The Software Revolution," Siemens' PLM Software (product lifecycle management) business is partnering with academic institutions across the country to address workforce and education gaps. Recent studies such as the Economist, found that while 70 percent of collegesand universities believe they adequately prepare students with the skills they need for today's jobs, nearly 70 percent of employers say just the opposite.

In order to fully benefit from the increased productivityand efficiency delivered through software's integration into manufacturing, Siemens' is investing in workforce development to ensure workers have the skills needed today and in the future. Training the next generation also helpsto lift up the manufacturing base and to serve as an economic catalyst. The U.S., as the world's leading software innovator, has a leg up in the globa lmanufacturing race. This cutting-edge, software training will help to create a workforce of the future, while building up manufacturing's supply chain to support various industries, and driving economic development and growth in communities and regions across the U.S.

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