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Above: Students at Valley Christian School display their CO2 powered cars they designed with SolidWorks® software. The students machined, painted, assembled and raced the cars with the guidance of a volunteer from the SNC engineering staff.

SNC Manufacturing supports future engineers

Thanks to a donation and volunteer time from SNC Manufacturing, students at Valley Christian School got an opportunity to boost their engineering knowledge with hands-on learning. Valley Christian is a private 4K-12 school in Oshkosh, Wis.

SNC donated mechanical engineering software to the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program to provide students with the opportunity to use real-world applications. STEM curriculum is an interdisciplinary and applied approach to teaching the four program areas.

To ensure the company’s sustained growth, SNC believes in investing in youth –  or tomorrow’s business leaders and engineers – who need to learn the tools of today in order to develop future products.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM careers have been and will continue to be the fastest growing in the United States. STEM careers grew 28 percent between 2009 and 2016, compared to 6 percent growth in other occupations. In Wisconsin, we also experienced relatively high growth in these careers, compared to other states.

The problem is that student skill sets are not keeping up with the pace of these jobs. That’s why we believe making community investments such as this one is a key responsibility for growing organizations like ours.