The objectives of the GE Girls program are to excite and retain interest of middle school girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), share GE's technology brand, and facilitate interactions between career role models and students.
GE Lighting's Women's Network is working to encourage interest in STEM subjects for girls in the sixth,seventh and eighth grade through its GE Girls program in northeast Ohio. In collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Cleveland's First Ring School Districts, GE Lighting will help create excitement and exert a positive influence for girls in its yearlong Girls in STEM program.The sixth grade aims to excite girls around the STEM fields, while critical thinking and leadership development are the focus for seventh and eighth graders.
MC2STEM High School
MC2 STEM High School, opened in 2008, is an innovative school within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. GE Lighting is a proud partner of MC2 STEM High School. Nela Park, GE Lighting's world headquarters in East Cleveland, Ohio, and the first industrial park in the country, is host to the nation's only known high school embedded on a corporate campus. This year-round, project-based, multi-campus school is graduating students at an average of 94 percent per year and is doing so through its hands-on, real-world curriculum, seven core design principles, and its established partnerships, including a partnership with GE Lighting.
School Website: www.mc2stemhighschool.org
Edutopia Website: www.edutopia.org/stw-college-career-stem
GE Volunteers Involvement with MC2 STEM High School
GE employees are passionate about supporting youth and give more than 2,450 total hours of service each school year to the students. Volunteers from early career professionals to senior leaders in all functions serve as mentors, buddies, tutors and instructors to the students through a variety of programs. GE volunteerism includes, but is not limited to, tutoring, lunches with GE Lighting leadership, FIRST Robotics Club, FABRIC-ators sewing club, career roundtables, life skills seminars, internships and the largest of the programs, the Buddy Program and Empowering People with Light Capstone.
In the STEM Buddy Program, each student is paired with an employee who serves as the student's mentor throughout the year. Buddies meet twice a month for a half hour and discuss everything from career interests and hobbies to sports and university. The program gives students a chance to get advice, network and practice their communications skills.
The Empowering People with Light Capstone, a one-of-a-kind program developed by GE employees, takes students through GE Lighting's new product introduction cycle by having them form mock companies to create a business plan, and design and market a product. Not only does the project provide the students with an opportunity for experiential career exploration, but it also gives them an opportunity to learn from and network with professionals working in fields they are learning about.
Other STEM Initiatives
GE Lighting's Bucyrus Lamp Plant and The Community Foundation for Crawford County, Ohio partner with Buckeye Central School District to develop and build an Outdoor Learning Lab.