Foundations of the Future: IPC Education Foundation Update and Looking Ahead

charlene-gunter-du-plessis.jpgThe IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) takes pride in the accomplishments of its second year. The foundation focused on a variety of digital/virtual exposure and engagement activities to share information about the electronics manufacturing industry. The foundation held 10 webinars covering a wide range of industry-specific topics and conducted 28 interviews with IPC student members, IPC emerging engineers, industry representatives, and IPC leadership, to share knowledge about career paths into the industry that led to blog posts, articles and social media campaigns. The foundation successfully reached more than 110,000 individuals and engaged with more than 5,500 individuals through these activities.

Paige_Fiet_headshot.jpgAn IPC student member, Paige Fiet, president of the IPC Student Chapter at Michigan Technological University and graduating in December 2021 with an Electrical Engineering degree/BioMed application, was appointed in February 2020 as student member board liaison representative to the IPC Board of Directors. Elections will open in the fall to identify the next candidate.

The IPCEF will continue to create awareness of the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer students in high school and college by providing them with opportunities to access people, courses, and knowledge in 2021.

IPC Student Chapters
The IPC Education Foundation’s Student Chapter Program focuses on providing scholarships, offering relevant industry content, and assisting with career readiness for its student members. 2020 was another year of growth. IPCEF chartered 15 new IPC Student Chapters bringing the total to 38 student chapters across 19 states in the U.S., engaging 517 student members. Twenty-five chapters exist at four-year universities while 14 chapters exist at two-year community/technical colleges.

To be eligible for membership, student members must be pursuing degrees in the following disciplines: electrical, electronics, mechanical, computer, technology, chemical, aerospace, and/or broad engineering. IPCEF has student members in certificate programs, two-year degrees, four-year degrees, master’s and doctoral students.

The foundation will continue to expand the reach of the program by growing the number of chapters in the United States with plans to expand internationally in 2021 and beyond. The IPC Student Chapter program provides scholarships, industry-standard education, industry connections, and access to hands-on competitions, especially with the support of industry experts and professionals like yourself.

Learn more information about the 2020 scholarship winners here.

High School Student Engagement
The IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) hosted its STEM Outreach event on February 6, 2020 at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, California. Twice as many students were able to participate and the day was packed with several hands-on technical activities, career exploration, and industry engagement. Nine local high schools attended bringing 193 students and 30 educators from: Mission Hills High School, Morse High School, North County Trade Tech High School, San Marcos High School, E3 Civic High School, Point Loma High School, Otay Ranch High School, Mount Miguel High School, and Otay Ranch High School—Girls in STEM. Each participating high school received a $1,000 award to support electronics education in their classrooms.

We are truly grateful to our event sponsors who supported and participated in the day’s activities. The student participation, awards, and giveaways were made possible through the generous support of Foxconn Interconnect Industries, I-Connect007, Nordson, Panasonic, TTM Technologies, and Weller Apex Tools.

Because of the pandemic, the 2021 STEM Outreach Event will take place during the fall and delivered virtually, allowing more schools, students, and teachers to participate in learning about the careers and skills the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer.

Exciting New Opportunity
By equipping students with valuable industry-related knowledge through specific online IPC resources and content, the foundation may be able to address some of the industry’s needs:

  • Lack of awareness of the careers and skills needed
  • Shortage of qualified technical candidates due to not enough skilled younger workers entering the electronics industry
  • An aging workforce
  • Lack of job preparedness as many schools are not teaching the students the right curriculum related to industry and career readiness 

We will be reaching out to high schools, preferably vocational high schools, as well as technical community colleges and universities to participate in this new program. The goal is to share relevant industry content with students that will not only create awareness but also allow them to better understand the skills needed to pursue and access viable career opportunities.

Interested in Participating and Supporting These Efforts?
The foundation will continue to create awareness of the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer students in high school and college by providing them with opportunities to access people, courses, and knowledge in 2021.

The foundation needs company representatives to volunteer their time to host virtual information sessions, facility tours, provide mentorship and guidance, assist with projects, and showcase opportunities in the electronics industry. The students across our IPC Student Chapters and the participating high schools are full of optimism, and ready to join the industry. Please let us know how you wish to support the foundation by answering a three-question survey here. Thank you for your support!

This column originally appeared in the February 2021 issue of SMT007 Magazine.

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2021

Foundations of the Future: IPC Education Foundation Update and Looking Ahead

02-09-2021

The IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) takes pride in their accomplishments in their second year. The Foundation focused on a variety of digital/virtual exposure and engagement activities to share information about the electronics manufacturing industry.

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Foundations of the Future: Scholarships, Awards and Student Opportunities

01-06-2021

There was no better way to end 2020 than by making a positive impact in deserving students and educators’ lives. We can help students to invest in their future and reward the accomplishments of those who are hardworking and dedicated. Scholarships are hugely important, especially when helping students avoid and alleviate college debt as well as professional growth opportunities.

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2020

Foundations of the Future: IPC Student Chapters Gear Up for Competitions

12-02-2020

As colleges and universities continue to adapt to remote and virtual learning, the IPC Education Foundation has also adapted to support its IPC student members and 38 IPC student chapters across the U.S. With the increase in distance learning, Aaron Birney describes how the IPCEF has had to adapt its initiatives for student chapters.

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Foundations of the Future: Inspirational Career Paths—Meet Tayler and Olivia

11-04-2020

It is refreshing to connect with young professionals who are passionate about the industry and true ambassadors to IPC. Charlene Gunter du Plessis connected with Tayler Swanson, an engineering team member at Digital Instruments Inc., and Olivia Lim, a manufacturing engineer at Kimball Electronics, to discuss their studies, professional career journeys, and exciting opportunities in the electronics manufacturing industry.

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Foundations of the Future: The Semi-Virtual Landscape of College for IPC Student Chapter Members

10-14-2020

Universities faced tough decisions moving into fall semesters and quarters, and now most students are back on campus for a semi-virtual collegiate experience that significantly affects their courses and extracurriculars. Aaron Birney shares thoughts and experiences in classrooms and campuses across the U.S. from IPC student members and an IPC student chapter advisor and professor.

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Foundations of the Future: Making the Most of IPCEF’s Webinar Series

09-02-2020

Webinars are great communication tools, and the possibilities are endless. Charlene Gunter du Plessis and Corey Lynn share updates on the IPC Education Foundation's webinar series, as well as upcoming topics.

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Foundations of the Future: Interview With Michael Carano on Mentorship

08-12-2020

In every industry, mentorship enriches and enhances career development. Charlene Gunter du Plessis connects with Michael Carano to hear about his views on mentorship, as well as his experience as a mentor with the IPC Emerging Engineer Program.

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Foundations of the Future: Student Representative on the IPC Board of Directors

07-01-2020

Charlene Gunter du Plessis describes how IPC’s Board of Directors recently added a full voting board seat to an IPC Student Member, including introducing the student liaison and sharing an interview with Dr. John Mitchell and Shane Whiteside.

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Foundations of the Future: Scholarships, Leadership Roles, and Career Aspirations

06-03-2020

Scholarships are hugely important, especially when helping students avoid and alleviate college debt. Charlene Gunter du Plessis highlights some of the 2019 IPCEF scholarship winners, as well as a book on the topic written by Dr. John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO.

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Foundations of the Future: Online Resources Offer Opportunities for Professional Growth

04-29-2020

At a time where 42 states have stay-at-home orders, and thousands of school districts are transitioning to a remote learning environment, online resources are essential. Charlene Gunter du Plessis recaps some of the ways to learn about the electronics manufacturing industry online.

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Foundations of the Future: The Substantial Growth of IPC Student Chapters

04-01-2020

The IPC Education Foundation launched the IPC Student Chapter Program in February 2019, with the formal announcement at IPC APEX EXPO. The program aims to connect students in relevant two-year, four-year, and graduate programs to the electronics industry and IPC member companies. Aaron Birney provides an update on the substantial growth of IPC Student Chapters over the past year.

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Foundations of the Future: STEM Student Outreach Program at IPC APEX EXPO 2020

03-04-2020

When we hold an event, there is nothing more rewarding than words like these from Diego, Mount Miguel High School: “I learned many valuable pieces of information related to engineering careers. My favorite topic to learn about was PCBs. I enjoyed participating in the hands-on activities, such as breadboarding and soldering. Overall, I had a wonderful time at the event!” Charlene Gunter du Plessis shares the success of the IPC STEM Student Outreach Program, as well as other updates from IPC APEX EXPO 2020.

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