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Siemens Invests More Than $1 Billion in Software Grants for Virginia Schools to Educate and Train Workers for Manufacturing Industry

(June 05, 2014)

Richmond, VA, June 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today from the Commonwealth Center for Advanced
 (CCAM), an applied research center that
provides production-ready manufacturing solutions, Siemens
announced more than 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

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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, Newport News Shipbuilding, a
division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, and other companies with
local ties such as Rolls-Royce.  The grants are part of
ongoing workforce development 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 shipbuilding 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."

"I was pleased to be with Siemens today as they announced that
they are investing more than $1 billion in in-kind software grants
for Virginia Schools, including community colleges and
universities. These grants will help educate and train workers for
the manufacturing industry and will also allow students to have
access to Siemens software that is used throughout the global
manufacturing industry," said Governor Terry McAuliffe.  "This
investment in education and in workforce development is key to my
vision to build a 21st century economy where workers, providers,
and entrepreneurs want to invest and produce in our growing

Seven academic partners throughout the state are receiving
in-kind software grants to support curriculum and training programs

Thomas Nelson Community College -
$954.7M: Siemens software will support training in manufacturing
process analysis and lifecycle management to expand and modernize
manufacturing 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 of CCAM, 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 and the U.S.
Department of Defense. The software will be integrated into
existing undergraduate and graduate curriculum and help develop a
PLM center of excellence with a focus on marine engineering.

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

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

• ECPI University - $130.3M: The
Engineering Technology department will use this software to support
hands on practical application and directly benefit industry
through three programs - Electrical Engineering Technology,
Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechatronics (Advanced

• Southern Virginia Higher Education
 - $33M: In addition to a $94M in-kind software
grant last fall, SVHEC is expanding its use of Siemens PLM software
to support digital manufacturing. 

"This grant will allow Thomas Nelson to provide our students and
community with access to state-of-the-art education and training in
these high demand technology industries," said Thomas Nelson
President John Dever.  "The Siemens software will have a
significant economic impact to Hampton Roads and will allow Thomas
Nelson to increase the number and quality of curricular offerings
to the growing workforce in our region."

"We are tremendously appreciative of this grant from Siemens
PLM, which represents state-of-practice software for managing every
aspect of product information from its development, design,
manufacturing, to its support and maintenance," said Old Dominion
University Dean Oktay Baysal. "The software will be integrated into
existing as well as new undergraduate and graduate curriculum and
will help develop a Product Lifecycle Management center of
excellence with a focus on marine engineering."

Virginia Commonwealth University Dean Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D.
said, "This software gives us the ability to educate on a very
practical level. By teaching with programs used in industry, our
students will be even more prepared for the real world."

"These grants from Siemens epitomize the collaborative
partnerships that CCAM represents," said VSU President Keith T.
Miller.  "The research these funds will allow us to accomplish
will, in turn, be returned to our CCAM partners and utilized in
their processes."

"I remember vividly the day when I was first introduced to the
Siemens PLM system," says ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus
President Kevin Paveglio. "I was so impressed with what they had
developed that it caused me to reflect on my 27 years in advanced
manufacturing. We are excited to be partnered with such a
forward-thinking company as Siemens.  The PLM software package
fills a tremendous need, providing the interoperability software
component that will take the industry to new levels of performance.
In combination with our hands-on application engineering, this PLM
software system will add even more value to our students skill set
as they enter and continue to support industry."

"We are excited to expand our partnership with Siemens as we
grow our digital manufacturing and Mechatronics capabilities," said
Dr.Betty Adams SVHEC Executive Director.  "This investment
strengthens our continuing efforts to meet the needs of
employers and prepare students for significant high-paying STEM

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-kind grants will also help to
expand and modernize manufacturing curriculum in design and process
technologies. By using the software 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 software for
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 and tailored
software that integrates and synchronizes shipbuilding operations
across the supply chain.

"Manufacturing is the most sophisticated, forward-looking and
innovative business function in the world today, and we need to let
students, parents and administrators know what these jobs look like
and what students need to learn in order to get them," said Eric
Spiegel, president and CEO, Siemens USA.  "This partnership
can serve as an economic catalyst for the region, the state and the

In addition to today's announcement, Siemens has already
invested more than $1 billion providing software to several
Virginia academic institutions including CCAM, SVHEC, Virginia
State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the Lee
County Career and Technology Center.  As part of this effort,
Siemens is also working with the Virginia Manufacturers
 on a credentialing pathway at community
colleges for manufacturing technicians as well as to improve the
perception of careers in manufacturing.  This work is being
done through the Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) network, a free
career resource 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
world-leading 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
PLM Software 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
 is the world's leading supplier of innovative 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.

 is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global
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

Manufacturing a New Middle
Class: A Software Revolution

Siemens announced a new, multi-city effort to advance the
software 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 colleges and
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 productivity and
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 helps to 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
global manufacturing 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.

Siemens' software and other technologies are used in nearly
every manufacturing environment in the world to improve
productivity and efficiency and students trained on these systems
are able to operate in any manufacturing facility. Through the GO
PLM Software Academic Partnership program, Siemens' provides
in-kind grants of engineering and product management software each
year to more than one million students at 12,000 global
institutions, a third of which are in the U.S.

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