FOR RELEASE Tuesday, June 11, 2006
PLANO, Texas and ST. LOUIS – UGS Corp, a leading global provider of product life cycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced an in-kind software grant with a commercial value of $225,000 to enhance educational/engineering programs at Portfolio Gallery & Educational Center. The in-kind software grant from UGS is the largest the center has ever received.
The grant includes UGS’ Solid Edge® software that helps middle and high school students conceive, design, engineer and validate projects using the same tools that today’s leading global manufacturers employ. Technologists and engineers at Emerson Electric Company, Philips Broadcasting, Modine Manufacturing, Ricoh, Fasco Motors and many other top global companies use Solid Edge® software in their product innovation efforts.
“This generous grant and partnership with UGS provides an opportunity for students at Portfolio Gallery & Educational Center and the St. Louis Public School District to improve critical thinking and communication skills with the latest cutting edge PLM technology,” said Robert A. Powell, founder and executive director of Portfolio Inc. “UGS is also sponsoring 2,500 Alphabet Madness Coloring Books, developed by Portfolio. The books will be used by the St. Louis Urban League, Grace Hill Children’s Services, South Side Day Nursery and the St. Louis Public Schools Headstart Programs.”
“We are committed to helping institutions such as Portfolio Gallery & Educational Center expand learning opportunities for students,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing for UGS. “Through this and other similar grants, UGS is empowering students to think about their future and how they can tie into global innovation networks that help the world’s leading manufacturers build innovative products.”
The grant is being made through UGS’ Global Opportunities in Product Life cycle 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.
Portfolio Gallery & Educational Center was founded in 1989 and is the recipient of the 1995 Missouri Arts Award and impacts on the lives of 5,000 children, youth, adults and the physically and mentally challenge yearly. Portfolio Inc.’s mission is to educate and foster an awareness of quality visual art produced by artist of African American heritage. The organization presents several exhibits of original art annually, providing cultural enrichment to the St. Louis metropolitan area.
UGS is a leading global provider of product Life cycle 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 organizations 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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