Technological skills are critical to continued innovation and can have profound effects on our business, communities, and even the sustainability of our planet. Our future competitiveness as an IT company depends on a pipeline of employees skilled in the STEM fields. The future well-being of society hinges on the availability of an educated workforce, paying long-term economic, human health, and environmental dividends. And access to education is increasingly enabled through the implementation of information technologies such as cloud computing. For all of these reasons, STEM education was determined to be one of EMC’s top material factors.
In 2014, we supported primary and secondary education programs in 34 countries. This is down in number over 2013, as programs in several countries completed their courses, though we did introduce new programs in six locations. We have entered into agreements with several new non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) which will expand our reach in 2015.
See the additional information below to learn more about the impact of some of our education partnerships in 2014.
Program Highlights Americas
Encouraging Interest in STEM through Citizen Schools Apprenticeships
In 2014, EMC continued to partner with Citizen Schools to help support its mission of bringing an extended school day and rich learning opportunities to public middle schools in low-income areas in the United States. Through Citizen Schools’ apprenticeships, EMC employees in California, Massachusetts, and North Carolina volunteered to teach a variety of STEM topics including building solar cars, design thinking, and electrical engineering. The volunteer teachers went to their assigned campuses weekly to teach an afterschool class on the topic of their choice. The ten-week session concluded with a WOW! event in which all of the students in the school have the opportunity to share what they learned with their teachers, families, and communities. The goal of this program is to engage and excite the middle school students, and to give our employees a chance to teach a topic about which they have passion and expertise. Whether learning about solar energy, engineering, designing systems, or creating marketing plans, all of the EMC apprenticeships support Citizen Schools’ commitment to providing their students with rich learning opportunities while simultaneously engaging them in exciting and meaningful STEM activities.
Program Highlights Asia Pacific & Japan
Sikshana Foundation in India
In 2014, EMC collaborated with Sikshana Foundation, an Indian NGO committed to an effective public school system, to help improve the quality of education in three government schools. EMC volunteers visited each school to conduct a baseline assessment, helping the team to identify areas of need in English and computer skills. Volunteers then visit the school each week to teach classes for students between 7th and 9th std.
In addition to English and computer classes, EMC volunteers engaged with the students in various extracurricular activities that provide a more holistic development experience and help the students to increase their confidence.
Program Highlights Europe, Middle East & Africa
La Fundación Síndrome de Down de Madrid: “Ways to Be Safe on the Internet”
Over the years, EMC Spain has chosen La Fundación Síndrome de Down de Madrid as a local charity partner. Down Madrid, a non‐profit organization created in 1997, believes that all persons with intellectual disabilities have the right to a dignified and respectable place in society. Every year EMC Spain supports Down Madrid’s ITC classroom programs and engages in other mentoring activities. Our main objective is to teach students with intellectual disabilities how to use technologies effectively in their daily lives. In 2014, EMC sponsored an eLearning platform called “Ways to be Safe on the Internet”. Students designed the platform and created all of the content including a user guide, tutorial videos, and self-evaluation tests. As a result of this project, the students created four video tutorials to promote and provide training to others in their community.