GE and the GE Foundation have announced a five-year, $50 million commitment to help youth in Boston gain the skills and academic support they need to succeed, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Half of the pledged funds, $25 million, will be awarded to Boston Public Schools, including $10 million in support of the district's efforts to help build a diverse workforce and $15 million to develop the next generation of healthcare workers. The initiatives, which are expected to reach all BPS high school students, will be designed to provide students with opportunities to explore college and career possibilities and gain exposure to the skills necessary for future employment. The company also will create GE Brilliant Career Labs with both physical and virtual locations to give students hands-on experience with advanced manufacturing technologies and software that assists them with career planning and internships.
The remaining $25 million includes $15 million to help community health centers in the city develop and enhance the skills of healthcare providers in underserved communities, including training in the use of technology, leadership skills, and increased access to specialty care. The Developing Health Boston program initially will support twenty-two Boston-area CHCs with skills training for more than 75 percent of community health center leaders, healthcare providers, and staff.
The final $10 million of the commitment will be used to boost the capabilities of and outcomes for a diverse student population. To that end, GE will leverage its own employees and leaders to provide training, access to manufacturing labs at GE Garages, and "externships" for underserved populations beyond the Boston metro area, including the communities of Lynn and Fall River.
"Together GE and Boston will lead the digital transformation of industry," said GE chair and CEO Jeff Immelt. "To build a global digital company and community, we must invest to further educate our children in science and math and improve health care in underserved communities. GE’s investments will create thousands of new jobs and support Boston’s regional and economic activities."