STEM education is not just for city kids anymore.

Thanks to a collaboration by Chevron, the nonprofit Fab Foundation and regional schools, digital fabrication workshops are coming to Fayette, Green and Washington counties.

A permanent workshop, known as a “Fab Lab,” will be located in Grindstone, Fayette County, while a second, mobile Fab Lab will travel to other rural school districts in area governed by regional education agency Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1). The labs will provide high-tech equipment and teacher resources that are not often available in rural parts of these counties.

fabLabOriginalrotatorIP“At Chevron, we understand STEM education is important to a successful future for our local communities. We are working with our partners to provide access to state-of-the-art education and technology resources to equip students with the critical skills needed to fill the jobs of tomorrow, particularly for those with limited access to the tools necessary for success in these fields,” said Nigel Hearne, vice president of Chevron Appalachia Michigan Business Unit based in the Pittsburgh area.

The IU1 Community Fab Lab will provide access to resources for the students in the K-12 system, undergraduate students and the community at-large, including skilled staff and volunteers, design and fabrication equipment and access to an international Fab Lab network. It will ultimately touch an estimated 56,000 people. Founded in 2009 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Fab Foundation brings digital fabrication tools and processes to people of all ages, developing educational and offering professional development training programs for teachers.

The hands-on learning that will be available at IU1 Fab Lab aims to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and prepare individuals for the nearly 1 million U.S. jobs that will require basic STEM literacy over the next five years – including more than 2,000 energy and manufacturing jobs southwestern Pennsylvania.

“This Fab Lab is a tremendous resource for teachers and students throughout southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Fayette County Commissioner Al Ambrosini. “It will help get our kids excited about science and give them the technical skills they will need in their careers. I commend Chevron for its commitment to our community and to educating our children.”

The IU1 Community Fab Lab will feature such state-of-the-art design and fabrication equipment as laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and milling machines. The Fab Lab will promote innovation and design in the community and will build the local workforce capacity.

This digital fabrication workshop is made possible through a $1.2 million contribution by Chevron. It is part of the company’s $10 million commitment to the Fab Foundation to build Fab Labs in areas where it operates in the United States. This Fab Lab is a component of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative, a collaborative effort formed by Chevron to develop a highly-skilled regional workforce.

“Intermediate Unit 1 is proud to be one of the few organizations selected from around the world to receive both a mobile and a stationary community Fab Lab,” said Charles F. Mahoney, Intermediate Unit 1 executive director.
“We will continue to be an innovative educational keystone transforming education and learning for the countless students, educators and community members we serve.”

Bonnie Pfister

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Phil Cynar

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Pittsburgh will always be known as the “Steel City,” but a visit to the town now reveals a fresh new identity as a hub for innovation, arts and culture. That is what Yahoo News reported when its Global News Anchor (and broadcast journalism icon) Katie Couric took a look at the technology and innovation revitalizing the iconic Rust Belt city for the latest stop in her series, “Cities Rising: Rebuilding America.”

“It wasn’t steel that built Pittsburgh, it was innovation,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in the 12-minute mini-documentary – noting that even during steel’s heyday in the region, it was innovation behind the steel-making that allowed it to grow to a global scale industry.

The same drive has created a hub of game-changing robotics expertise in Pittsburgh now that is on par with the claim to fame that steel once provided. Yet, in spite of all of its brain power, Pittsburgh has not lost its human touch. It continues to nourish arts and culture as it did – even during its darkest economic times – because it recognized that the arts bring richness and quality of life (for both natives and visitors). And with a similar mind to investment for a greater good, Pittsburgh is committing resources to revitalizing materials, people and communities that could be left behind.

If you’re a Pittsburgher or an ex-pat Pittsburgher, this documentary will make you proud. And if you’re looking at Pittsburgh, maybe for the first time, for a career or a soft landing destination to grow a business, Katie Couric’s “walk on the innovation side” of the fabled Steel City will let you see for yourself more than you might have imagined about this place: “a global center of innovation that will change the world.”

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EMPLOYERS: Want to post your Pittsburgh region energy or manufacturing jobs on ServiceToOpportunity.org? Contact kmckenzie@alleghenyconference.org.

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Joshua Devine

Do you worry that you may be missing out on a more interesting, successful career? Well, you’re in luck. Pittsburgh has plenty of opportunities to get your head – and hands – in the game, and ImaginePittsburgh.com can help in finding the winning job made just for you. More than 25,000 positions are open today across the 10-county region, all of them within easy reach on ImaginePittsburgh.com. That’s our one-stop shop for information about employers and careers. With a powerful aggregator updated nightly from more than a thousand job boards and corporate websites, ImaginePittsburgh.com can help you find your first job or advance your career. You can also explore the site’s Featured Employers, as well as many great places to live, play and learn in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Here are a few of the jobs available now with Featured Employers:

Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

Manager of Compressor Operations at Peoples Natural Gas

SAP BASIS Analyst I/II/III at MSA

Senior Business Analyst at Alcoa

Process Automation (Models) Engineer — Combustion at ATI

Too busy to check these out now? Bookmark ImaginePittsburgh.com or save us to your favorite read-it-later app. You can also sign up for career news about the region through our RSS feedFacebookTwitter or monthly newsletter.

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It’s back, and better than ever. ServiceToOpportunity.org is a powerful matching tool that connects veterans directly to managers ready to hire for in-demand jobs at regional energy and manufacturing companies.

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And for a limited time — by creating a new profile on the site or accessing one they’ve already created — veterans will receive two free tickets to a Pirates game at PNC Park.

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VETERANS: Even if you’re not job-hunting right now, it’s always a good career move to have your resume out in places where recruiters are looking for talented, hardworking veterans. Sign up here, or pass the word to veterans or returning servicemen or women in your personal and professional networks, on Service To Opportunity®’s  social media platforms: Facebook.com/ServiceToOpportunity and Twitter.com/Srv2Opportunity.

EMPLOYERS: Want to post your Pittsburgh region energy or manufacturing jobs on ServiceToOpportunity.org? Contact kmckenzie@alleghenyconference.org.

Like ImaginePittsburgh.com, ServiceToOpportunity.org is a program of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to connect people with family-sustaining careers in southwestern Pennsylvania.