As a part of our ongoing effort to promote a positive image of manufacturing and a public awareness for the important role of manufacturing in our society and economy, each month we highlight a manufacturing company that is giving back to their community and world.
We make a special effort to both acknowledge and thank those companies that promote and fund education for manufacturing and engineering. Here is our hip find of the month:
Intel Company Overview
From day one, Intel has been the leader in technology innovation. In 1968, two scientists, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, founded Intel with a vision for semiconductor memory products. By 1971, they had introduced the world’s first microprocessor. Since then, Intel has established a heritage of innovation that continues to expand the reach and promise of computing while advancing the ways people work and live worldwide.
They design and manufacture advanced integrated digital technology platforms. A platform consists of a microprocessor and chipset, and may be enhanced by additional hardware, software, and services. Their platforms are used in a wide range of applications, such as PCs, servers, tablets, smartphones, automobiles, automated factory systems, and medical devices.
Investing In America
Intel is a global corporation, with more than half of Intel’s manufacturing done in the United States. Intel’s U.S. investments have made it one of the top employers in technology in Arizona and New Mexico—as well as Oregon’s largest corporate employer, with key facilities in eight states. Employees across these campuses take pride in supporting local schools, non-profits and educational math and science-based programs.
Intel doesn’t just work in our communities, they also work with them. They combine the technical expertise, resourceful ideas, and energy of their employees to improve communities across America.
Through the Intel Involved Volunteer Program, more than 40% of the company’s U.S. employees donate hundreds of thousands of hours to education, environmental programs, and other local community needs. Through the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program, the Intel Foundation gives to schools and community organizations cash donations for every hour that employees volunteer.
Annually, employees also make contributions to non-profit organizations through the Intel Community Giving campaigns. The Intel Foundation matches these donations with funds for local United Way organizations.
Established by Intel in 1988, the Intel Foundation fosters educational opportunities and quality of life improvements for communities worldwide. By developing programs, exercising leadership, and providing funding for grants, the Intel Foundation:
- Fuels innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
- Empowers girls and women
- Inspires underserved youth
- Engages with our communities
Through these efforts the Intel Foundation works to increase opportunities for all—especially girls and underrepresented populations—in STEM education and related careers.
Fostering Innovation in STEM Education
Because science, technology, engineering, and math are foundational for a thriving, innovative economy, the Intel Foundation rewards excellence, promotes training, and encourages studies in STEM education.
Intel recognizes outstanding original research projects globally through their science competitions. The Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair—the world’s largest pre-college science fair competition—both support the nonprofit organization Society for Science & the Public.
To give children a chance to solve scientific problems in a fun way, they sponsor team-oriented robotics tournaments where contestants build robots from Legos.
Intel’s Educators Academy provides an online community for K-12 educators to share innovative methods and ideas for transforming the science classroom.
Entrepreneurial competitions like the Intel Global Challenge motivate young entrepreneurs to take their innovations out of the classroom and into the business world.
Inspiring Underserved Youth
By gearing programs toward youth in underserved communities, the Intel Foundation provides opportunities for engaging with technology and learning life skills for those who would not otherwise have such opportunities.
The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network provides a place where youth use computers and get help from mentors to pursue a project they’ve dreamed up. The result? Youth who are more involved in the Clubhouse, report greater competency in problem-solving, collaboration, and use of technology tools.
Scholarship programs, robotics competitions, community grants, and other efforts from the Intel Foundation also provide opportunities for underserved youth. They collaborate with the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science on supporting graduate education for underrepresented minorities at the master’s and PhD levels. They also support efforts by the Semiconductor Research Corporation which provide undergraduates with valuable research experience and mentoring.
Jasmine Lloyd is the Executive Assistant at Accelerated Buy Sell, Inc. as well as a contributing author to the blog. She is the glue that holds everything together at the “Accelerated Group of Companies” that provides tools and services to help manufacturers grow and exit strategies to maximize dollars when they are ready to retire or sell their manufacturing business. Accelerated’s group of companies that provide services to the manufacturing industry includes: