STEM education is not just for city kids anymore.

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.

“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.”

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Ness Technologies – a global provider of IT solutions and services and end-to-end, commercial-grade software development solutions opened its first U.S. development center in Southpointe, Washington County. The Pittsburgh Development Center (PDC) is part of Ness’ plan to build a strong onshore presence, in addition to multiple offshore and nearshore development centers in India, Eastern Europe, Singapore and Israel, where Ness is headquartered in Tel Aviv.

Up to 200 software engineers – a mix of junior- and senior-level positions – will round out employment at the new PDC when it’s fully staffed. These IT professionals will provide expertise in areas such as mobility and business analytics, as well as full spectrum software engineering services to Ness’ clients, which include notables such as Standard & Poor’s, Google, eBay and PayPal – in addition to many others.  PDC staff serves as an extension of the client team and enable fast, measurable and sustained value creation.

“Today’s business environment demands speed-to-market with the highest quality, and our clients are responding by looking for more personal and responsive service options, including domestic outsourcing services that enable seamless collaboration, more frequent face-to-face visits and more effective development teams,” said Ness President of Software Engineering Services Joe Lagioia.

Teaneck, N.J.-based Ness set its sights on the Pittsburgh region for number of reasons including a strategic location in close proximity to corporate clients and a competitive cost to do business. But one of the key reasons was the access to a highly educated talent pool that’s constantly renewed as the region’s colleges and universities produce IT grads, at this time, in excess of 1,900 annually. It’s a number that’s on the uptick. For Ness, deep relationships with universities are critical to tapping into junior level talent that can be quickly trained.

Ness officials say that the PDC will provide a unique environment for software engineers who will work across different clients and industries – all without having to change jobs. Typically, these types of opportunities are most frequently available in cities such as San Jose, Boston, New York and Austin. As Ness’ Marketing Director Gretchen Rice notes, “For many talented and smart people who don’t live in these key cities – or don’t want to – Ness  can provide a compelling combination of challenging work and job security at a place such as the Pittsburgh PDC.”

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