FOR RELEASE Tuesday, June 11, 2006
LIVONIA, Mich. and PLANO, Texas – UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lfecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced an in-kind grant with a commercial value of more than $7 million to enhance the engineering education experience at Livonia Churchill School.
“Our intention is to transform current drafting classes to real-world engineering experience using the best PLM technology,” said Jeff Hatley, chairman, Industrial Technology Department of Livonia Churchill School. “Our school is located in the heart of metro Detroit and the auto industry and having NX in our curriculum allows us to create a pre-engineering experience in the classroom. Students who learn NX can pursue careers in design, engineering, computer science and manufacturing technology. Thanks to UGS, I am confident that our students will now have a leg up on their peers when they enter college or a post-secondary training program.”
The grant is being made through UGS’ Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (GO PLM™) initiative, which leads the PLM industry in the commercial value of in-kind grants it provides at more than $4 billion annually. UGS’ GO PLM initiative brings together five complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership; regional productivity; youth and displaced worker development; and the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program. The initiative provides PLM technology to more than 860,000 students annually at nearly 8,400 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from middle schools to graduate engineering research programs.
“We are proud to provide leading edge schools like Livonia Churchill School with software that enhances their current educational experience, but also helps them gain engineering knowledge for future endeavors and potential career paths,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing, UGS.
UGS’ NX™ 4 software was recently voted 2005 Product of the Year by the readers of NASA Tech Briefs. NX 4, UGS’ flagship digital product development software, received more votes than any other nominated product from the engineers, product designers and manufacturing professionals that help make NASA Tech Briefs the largest-circulation, BPA-audited engineering magazine in the U.S.
Churchill High School is committed to providing a challenging and supportive academic atmosphere as we endeavor to educate and inspire all students to acquire the knowledge, life skills, and self-esteem necessary to become concerned and responsible citizens. It is an integral element of the 5th largest in school system in the State of Michigan. The Livonia school system offers a broad range of learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities from preschool to senior citizen. More importantly, we have earned the reputation of being one of the finest school systems in the state because we believe and act on our mission statement of: "teaming together to ensure learning for all." For more info on the Livonia Churchill High School please visit http://churchill.livonia.k12.mi.us/.
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organisations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.
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