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LIVONIA,Mich.-- UGS PLM Solutions, the product lifecycle management (PLM) subsidiary of EDS, today announced it is providing a PLM software grant with a commercial value of $8.9 million to Utica Community Schools. The grant is scheduled to be presented today during a reception and demonstration for Utica Community Schools representatives at UGS PLM Solutions’InnovationCenterinLivonia,Mich.
The PLM software will be used by Utica Community Schools’ Career & Technical Education Department to provide project-based education that reflects real-life product design and development challenges. Student teams will simulate actual industry practice by collaboratively designing, building and assessing products using the same PLM software and methodologies employed by today’s leading global manufacturers. The software includes Teamcenter, a portfolio of lifecycle management solutions, Solid Edge, a 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and design management application and Unigraphics NX, a comprehensive 3D modeling system that provides product design, analysis and manufacturing capabilities.
We are excited by the opportunities this grant offers, said Utica Community Schools Career & Technical Education Director Pamela Schaffer. Utica Community Schools is located in the heart of engineering country. By providing access to the same software tools used by the companies that surround us, we will be able to give students the technical skills and process knowledge that will prepare them for eventual employment by top companies locally and globally. Furthermore, since UGS PLM Solutions is the leading supplier of PLM software in the automotive industry, this grant enhances our ability to expand our local industry partnership for the benefit of our teachers and students.
This is an excellent opportunity for our students to gain real life experience while still in high school, said Dr. Joan C. Sergent, Superintendent of Schools-Utica Community Schools. This grant also underscores the need for a strong technology-based curriculum in our school district. This partnership allows students to directly relate their studies in mathematics, science, English, art, CAD and other core subject areas to the professional world of product development, marketing and sales. Educational technology systems of the kind our residents have supported over the years as part of our bond issues will continue to provide our students with 21st Century skills now and into the future.
UCS has created exceptional programs to increase awareness of career opportunities and to advance education in design, engineering and related fields, said Ed Arlin, executive vice president of UGS PLM Solutions Global GM Account. We are very pleased to be able to support these programs through this in-kind grant. We have been especially impressed with Utica Community Schools commitment to developing programs in partnership with industry, thereby providing students with the practical work skills they will need to succeed in the work force. In today’s global economy, manufacturers compete on the basis of time to market, product cost, quality and innovation. Students must have the opportunity to gain experience with technology that supports these objectives.
The software grant is being provided through UGS PLM Solutions’ Global Strategic Partnership program, which serves more than 7,600 partners globally including such top-rated institutions as theUniversityofMichigan;MichiganStateUniversity, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,StanfordUniversityandPurdueUniversity. The mission of the program is to improve the technical stature of schools and their ability to develop top-notch engineering, manufacturing and technology students. Through the program, nearly 800,000 students are trained annually at academic levels ranging from middle schools to graduate engineering research programs.
About Utica Community Schools
Utica Community Schools isMichigan’s second largest public school district, with an enrollment of nearly 29,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students. The district serves the City ofUtica;ShelbyTownship; and portions of the City ofSterling Heights,Ray,WashingtonandMacombtownships.
All 39 of the district’s elementary, junior and senior high schools are fully accredited by both the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the state’s Education YES! initiative. Seven elementary and three secondary schools are designated as state and/or national Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools.
The district has an excellent reputation for its academic and co-curricular programs. District students score above state and national averages on annual standardized tests. Foreign language studies are offered in kindergarten through grade 12. As a leader in the integration of educational technology in the classroom, computer use is an integral part of the instructional program for elementary, junior and senior high school students.
About UGS PLM Solutions
UGS PLM Solutions is a global leader in product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 2.8 million technology seats operating worldwide. The company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its 42,000 clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the promise of PLM. UGS PLM Solutions has created some of the leading product data management, collaboration and product design technologies that ultimately formed the foundation of the PLM industry. Today the company, building on three decades of leadership, continues to be a pioneer in PLM.
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