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Contact: Chriss Swaney

For immediate release:
July 9, 2002

Carnegie Mellon Helps Mon Valley Students Explore Technology Career Opportunities

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) is hosting a conference today (July 9) to help 20 Mon Valley high school students explore career opportunities in technology.

The program, dubbed "The Future Is Mine," will feature lectures by Carnegie Mellon researchers and professors in areas ranging from robotics to tissue engineering. Impetus for the program comes from the Mon Valley Education Consortium and a recent study by the National Association of Manufacturers that calls for an end to the skill shortage in various manufacturing sectors.

Of the 6,000 business leaders surveyed nationwide by the manufacturing association, 40 percent of the respondents said a "lack of skilled workers negatively impacts production." And 78 percent of the respondents "believe public schools are failing to prepare students for the workplace."

As part of its community outreach program, ICES is working with Mon Valley education officials to provide a new learning venue for junior and senior high school students. In addition to lectures about careers in science, engineering and technology, the students will visit a tissue engineering lab at Carnegie Mellon.

ICES does multidisciplinary research to develop enabling technologies and systems that connect people with information via the computer.

The Mon Valley Consortium is a collection of local schools and academic leaders dedicated to improving technical education for tomorrow's workforce.


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