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Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Elects New Board Chair and Officers

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

ROXBURY, Mass., June 30, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) announced the election of Ronald A. Homer, current vice chair and treasurer, to the role of chairman at a special meeting of its board of directors held earlier today. Dr. Michael E. Porter, the renowned Harvard Business School professor who has chaired the board since founding the organization in 1994, has been elected chairman emeritus. Dr. Porter will continue to provide strategic guidance to the organization which during his 27 years of leadership has played a transformational role in the revitalization of underserved neighborhoods and communities throughout the United States. “I established ICIC following the 1992 L.A. Uprising at a time when civil unrest placed a national spotlight on the racial and economic inequality plaguing our country’s inner cities,” said Porter. “ICIC’s strategy was to mobilize private investment in building healthy small business ecosystems which would drive urban economic empowerment and lead the way in the revitalization of their communities. Twenty-seven years later, in the wake of continued economic challenges and growing concerns about racial justice, ICIC’s cutting-edge research on urban economic development and its business development programs to create inclusive prosperity are now even more relevant and important to narrowing the racial wealth gap in our under-resourced communities.” Porter added, “This thoughtfully considered and seamless board succession is taking place at a time of rapid and extraordinarily exciting societal change. Ron Homer is a passionate advocate of ICIC’s mission who will continue to drive the organization’s advancement.” Homer, a founding ICIC board member who is based in Boston, boasts a five-decade career in the financial services industry that has been driven by his desire to expand economic opportunities and social conditions in traditionally underserved communities. “Professor Porter’s voice has been powerful in highlighting that investment into the long-term sustainability of small businesses is critical to community economic development and empowerment,” said Homer. “He has built a strong organization based on this vision. I look forward to further advancing this work and to confronting the challenges and opportunities facing our inner cities and under-resourced communities.  I firmly believe that the success of this vision will be an important factor in building a more resilient society in these critical times.” Homer currently serves as Chief Strategist, Impact Investing and President of the Access Capital Community Investment Fund at RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.) Inc., the Royal Bank of Canada’s asset management division, leading the firm’s impact investing effort. He previously co-founded and was CEO of Access Capital Strategies LLC, an investment adviser specializing in community investments that was acquired by RBC GAM-US in 2008. Homer also has extensive banking experience that includes in 1983 helping to establish Boston Bank of Commerce, where he served for 13 years as president and CEO. Boston Bank of Commerce, which changed its name to OneUnited Bank in 2002, is the largest Black-owned bank in the United States. With the election of Homer as chairman, Barry B. White, former U.S. Ambassador to Norway and former chairman and managing partner of Foley Hoag LLP, has been elected board vice chair and treasurer. Brenda McKenzie, an urban development strategist with more than 20 years of experience growing urban economies including serving as president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation and Director of Economic Development for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, will continue to serve as board secretary. “ICIC’s management team and staff join me in expressing profound gratitude to Mike for his pioneering vision and leadership that have helped fuel our transformational growth,” said ICIC CEO Steve Grossman. “During the past several years, we’ve experienced dramatic expansion of our nationwide programming focused on helping small business owners in under-resourced communities access superb executive education, coaching and critical capital.  We’ll continue to benefit from Mike’s strategic insights as we seize exciting new opportunities centered around driving inclusive economic prosperity, closing the racial wealth gap, and ending concentrated poverty.” About ICIC The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) was founded by renowned Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter in 1994 as a research and strategy organization that today is widely recognized as the preeminent authority on urban economic growth. ICIC drives inclusive economic prosperity in under-resourced communities through innovative research and programs to create jobs, income, and wealth for local residents. To learn more about ICIC, visit icic.org. Contact: Beth Bresnahan bbresnahan@icic.org 781-789-6281 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) on 3blmedia.com

June 30, 2021 04:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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siggi's Joins the Whole Planet Foundation Supplier Alliance for Microcredit

Whole Foods Market Foundations

For two weeks beginning June 23, supplier partners are supporting the Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign in select Whole Foods Market stores and  online  to alleviate poverty in countries that supply the company’s stores with products.  Since 2006, Whole Planet Foundation has disbursed $92 million through microfinance partners in 78 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, including in 20 U.S. cities. Whole Planet Foundation collaborates with a wide network of microfinance organizations and supports entrepreneurs in some of the most marginalized and remote communities around the world, funding  4.9 million microloans and 26 million opportunities  for a better life for microentrepreneurs and their family members. “With a microcredit loan, an impoverished woman can generate income and lift up herself and her family. Each year, the generosity and support of Team Members, shoppers, suppliers and corporate partners provides life-changing opportunities for microentrepreneurs to generate income and lift themselves and their families out of poverty,” said Joy Stoddard, Whole Planet Foundation development and outreach director.  Because Whole Foods Market covers the foundation’s operational costs, 100% of every donation benefits microcredit clients. siggi’s  is committed to donating $50,000 to Whole Planet Foundation this year to fund 285 microloans and create 1,490 opportunities for a better life. “Nutrition and wellness have always been core to siggi's. siggi's recognizes that poverty is a serious challenge to health and wellbeing. "The Whole Planet Foundation's commitment to empowering the impoverished is inspiring and effective. We're very pleased to partner with them," said siggi’s Director of PR & Nutrition, Kristina Drociak. Learn more about the transformative power of microcredit at  Whole Planet Foundation, and join siggi’s in the Prosperity Campaign online  to fund essential businesses of women entrepreneurs worldwide.  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Whole Foods Market Foundations on 3blmedia.com

June 30, 2021 03:46 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Timeless Values, Life-Changing Progress

Takeda

Despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year, we continued to meet the needs of patients and deliver positive results both for shareholders and the communities we serve. Read our 2021 Annual Integrated Report to learn more:  https://bit.ly/3haa9Yo View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Takeda on 3blmedia.com

June 30, 2021 03:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Putting People First in Healthcare

Medtronic

As an emergency room physician in Philadelphia, Dr. Bon Ku sees firsthand how poorly designed hospitals fail both patients and clinicians. From cramped and chaotic emergency rooms to medical devices that come with operating manuals the size of a phone book, our current healthcare system needs to be reimagined, Ku says. “Healthcare is not designed for humans,” Ku says. “It’s not designed for clinicians. It’s not designed for patients. And that’s a problem. By embracing a concept known as human-centered design, our company  is doubling down on our efforts to better understand the needs of the people we serve.  In the simplest terms, human-centered design is about putting people at the forefront of the design process to create products that improve users’ lives. Human-centered design is flourishing at Medtronic, where cross-functional teams are working together to create better, more inclusive experiences for both patients and clinicians alike. Some of those teams recently came together for a virtual forum focused on human-centered design. The event, which featured Dr. Ku as a keynote speaker, drew more than 250 employees from several countries around the world. “The teams at Medtronic focused on human-centered design work closely with our patients and customers to ensure our products and therapies best meet their needs — not only from a clinical perspective but also from a user experience,” said Medtronic Chairman and CEO Geoff Martha. “I think this is the type of work that’s going to ensure we’re fulfilling the Medtronic Mission for many years to come.” Creating a human-centered design discipline at Medtronic Medtronic has always put people at the center of its design process. But as patients continue to expect more from their health care, they also expect more from their devices. People don’t want just their clinical needs met — they want their emotional needs met, too.  With support from  the Innovation Lab  — the company’s hub that supports the creation of a wide range of products and therapies anchored in human-centered design — departments across Medtronic are developing deeper understandings of our patients and providers. Armed with that knowledge, the company is creating devices and therapies that are shaping better experiences for both clinicians and patients. “Patients and engineers often have different views about what the ultimate user experience might look like with any given medical device,” said Danny Gelfman, Distinguished Designer at the Medtronic Innovation Lab and one of the forum organizers. “For example, some patients with diabetes might say their ultimate user experience is being able to ride a bike after dinner or going out to a restaurant with their family. An engineer might say the best user experience is defined by healthy glucose levels. As designers, we can’t lose sight of either perspective” So, what does good human-centered design work look like? During the forum, the first-ever Human-Centered Design Impact Awards were presented to the following Medtronic teams for creating exemplary work this past year: SenSight™ Deep Brain Stimulation  - A team within the Neuroscience portfolio was recognized for rethinking the user experience associated with a deep brain stimulation implant and procedure. Judges cited the team’s empathy for both patients and clinicians throughout the entire design process. Hugo™ Robotic Assisted Surgical System  - This team picked up the award for keeping the user experience at the forefront of the development process of the company’s first soft-tissue surgical robotic system. Medtronic Discovery App™  -  Faced with the stark reality that the company’s traditional model of recruitment for research studies didn’t work during the COVID-19 pandemic, an all-women team of designers and engineers from the Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Services business created a digital platform that improves participant engagement and operates with greater speed and efficiency. “It’s very clear from the amount of award submissions that we received that there’s  so much energy and momentum around human-centered design at Medtronic,” said Diana Gunnarson, a senior engineering director at Medtronic who helped judge the awards. “As this community grows, we expect to create even more awareness around the benefits of human-centered design.” How outside-of-the-box thinking will transform healthcare As the director the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Ku trains medical school students to think about good design in their approach to healthcare. And that means putting patients first. “Healthcare tends to be very siloed,” he said. “The medical device industry, the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare systems, insurers, doctors….no one talks to each other. But I believe good design can thread those siloes, especially when we have a common interest.” While Ku says healthcare has traditionally been a “black hole” for good design, he’s now optimistic that things are changing. He points to the COVID-19 pandemic, which spurred the kind of creative problem-solving that serves as the foundation for human-centered design. That kind of innovation was certainly on display at Medtronic during the pandemic. For example, when clinicians couldn’t safely see their patients in-person, the company responded by offering more virtual care solutions. And when global supply chain problems threatened the production of ventilators, Medtronic shared the design specifications of these critically needed devices. Ku is encouraged that companies like Medtronic are leaning into human-centered design. “The role that medical device makers have to play in reimagining healthcare is tremendously important,” Ku said. “A well-designed device can improve outcomes for patients. But it also must be designed for the clinicians who use the device and the people who clean them. We must design for humans.” Read more. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Medtronic on 3blmedia.com

June 30, 2021 02:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Celebrating Allyship to Continually Evolve Our Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

ON Semiconductor

With June being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Pride Month, there is a lot of opportunities to talk about diversity and inclusion. What perfect timing to address the meaning of allyship as part of the culture at ON Semiconductor. For me, allyship is about intent. Intent to collaborate, to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We do this by driving improvements, supporting and advocating for underrepresented groups. Essentially, it is about highlighting issues and showing up for others, especially when we are not a member of these groups. Allyship does not happen by chance. It requires a very deliberate approach that starts with paying attention and listening, but beyond that is a commitment to say, “I'm not only responsible for myself, but also the organization.” As a company, we need to ask ourselves how we get everyone to buy into this mindset so it becomes ingrained into the culture. And as a leader, it is my responsibility to be a role model and guide employees to make good decisions for themselves and for the company. Why are inclusion and allyship so important? The very simple answer is that they help increase the representation of underrepresented groups in the workplace and that is what we should all want. But to elaborate further, inclusion is creating an environment for people to be who they are and for the organization to value their unique contributions. That creates loyalty, which ultimately incentivizes individuals to stay with the organization. This again helps the organization and it creates a reinforcing loop. Diversity and inclusion add a more diverse and robust thought process to the organization, which leads to more creativity, and ultimately better business results. We are an engineering organization and we are run by metrics. Thanks to new resources and tools that the diversity and inclusion team has provided, leadership is now better prepared to make important decisions and take action. This allowed us to take something from an abstract concept to a concrete plan: Are we making a difference? Is it working? We know now that in some areas we are doing well and in others we have room to grow. It is a journey and we are off to a good start, we also know that we need and can do more. But if we don't measure it, we cannot improve. It is important that we are very deliberate and do not lose our momentum. One obvious area, in which we have evolved our internal procedures, is our hiring process. Contrary to perception this is not solely on HR but starts with all of those in management roles. We must work with our HR partners to ensure that we are getting a well-rounded group of candidates. We also need a diverse group of people conducting the screenings and interviews and make sure that we go into them with an open mind. As a fairly recent addition to ON Semiconductor, we hope to leverage our affinity network groups to further these discussions and become more involved in recruiting and developing great, diverse talent. When it comes to attracting diverse talent, we no longer only talk about a good cultural fit, but of a cultural add. In other words, not only how someone simply fits into our existing company culture, but what can that individual with their personal background and experiences add to our organization. That person who also shares our core values of respect, initiative and integrity. Those should be universal and permanent, but beyond that our culture will change with the different personalities that join, what is happening in our local communities and how society around us changes. Again, it is a learning and growing process for all of us. Some of us might find it difficult and frightening to constantly adjust, but that is what we should be driving towards to be a better organization for our employees. In turn, that will make us more relevant in our communities and with our customers. As our culture adjusts and transforms, we will continue to challenge our employees to develop an open and improvement mindset. Meanwhile, it is our job as leaders to continually explain the rationale behind a change in culture, when and how it changes to make sure we are bringing everyone along. Diversity and inclusion are here to stay for a good reason and people will have to embrace that. I fundamentally believe that any employee at ON Semiconductor wants to help us be successful. With the right education, communication, understanding and the capability of listening, everyone will understand that diversity and inclusion with allyship will create the strongest performance of our organization. Learn more about  ON Semiconductor’s Diversity and Inclusion  initiatives. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from ON Semiconductor on 3blmedia.com

June 30, 2021 02:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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FeganScott Founding Partner Elizabeth A. Fegan Named to Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Top 50 Women in Law Awards and Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer Guide

FeganScott

FeganScott’s founding partner and managing member Elizabeth A. Fegan was recently named to the to the Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Top 50 Women in Law Awards and to the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer guide. Recognized for her mentorship and promotion of women in the profession, the Top 50 Women in Law Award highlights Fegan’s success in the legal community as an example of leadership. Lawdragon’s annual guide offers a curated list of attorneys who are notable for their experience, results and impact on the legal community. This is the third year Fegan has received an honor in the plaintiff consumer category – a distinction that is only awarded to the top 500 attorneys in each category throughout the country. “It is always an honor to be recognized among colleagues as we work to improve the lives of our clients and effect large-scale change,” said Fegan. “I consider it a privilege to represent clients who are standing up against injustice, and it’s encouraging to see so many attorneys recognized for this shared commitment.” Fegan leads the firm on major cases surrounding sexual abuse, consumer fraud and data privacy violations, including cases against TikTok, the makers of Roundup and Zantac, and the NCAA. Recently, the firm filed a federal class action lawsuit filed against an Illinois charity, claiming the organization is profiting by pulling Kenyan children from their families to be marketed as orphans to well-meaning American donors. Passionate about supporting victims of sexual assault, abuse and harassment, Fegan also served as co-lead counsel in the class action lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and in several class actions that seek to advocate for survivors of systemic sexual abuse. Fegan co-founded FeganScott in 2019, creating the national class-action law firm that serves as a powerful ally for survivors, consumers and small businesses. Collectively, the firm’s attorneys have successfully recovered $1 billion for clients nationwide. “These awards are a testament to the dedication and commitment of our firm as a whole, and I am honored to represent our work,” added Fegan. Evaluated by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin & Chicago Lawyer Women’s Advisory Board and chosen by the CDLB & CL selection committee, Fegan’s nomination comes as part of the second annual iteration of the Top 50 Women in Law award. Lawdragon uses a combination of peer nomination, journalistic research and editorial vetting to curate the list of honorees in each category. Being listed among Lawdragon’s 500 denotes the wider influence of attorneys’ work, legal approach, and arguments. About FeganScott FeganScott is a national class action law firm dedicated to helping victims of consumer fraud, sexual abuse, and discrimination. The firm is championed by acclaimed veteran, class action attorneys who have successfully recovered $1 billion for victims nationwide. FeganScott is committed to pursuing successful outcomes with integrity and excellence while holding the responsible parties accountable. Contact Details Mark Firmani +1 206-466-2700 feganscottpr@firmani.com Company Website https://feganscott.com

June 30, 2021 11:07 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Latest Pipeline Monitoring Technology Is Officially Out of This World

Enbridge

A powerful new piece of pipeline safety technology is ready for launch. Back in November, Orbital Sidekick—the first commercial company to deploy hyperspectral sensors in space—was selected by  pipeline industry consortium iPIPE  to have its monitoring technology tested in real-world conditions. Now, the company’s most powerful hyperspectral imaging satellite, Aurora, will be aboard the SpaceX Transporter-2 craft  scheduled to leave the launching pad today at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Base. Enbridge has been a member of iPIPE (the Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program) since April 2019. iPIPE, a group of safety-minded industry leaders, is focused on advancing emerging technologies to prevent and detect pipeline leaks by putting a series of promising near-commercial technologies through their paces out in the field. “At Enbridge, we are harnessing the power of data, technology and innovation to further advance pipeline safety. With the iPIPE consortium, we are committed to solving real-world problems, and engaging in information sharing and collaboration that help our industry,” says Bhushan Ivaturi, Enbridge’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer who leads Technology, Information Services and Digital at Enbridge. “We’re excited to see the launch of this hyperspectral imaging satellite, which we believe will ultimately benefit the pipeline industry in its quest for 100% safety.” Orbital Sidekick’s Aurora satellite will be placed into commercial service for clients in the energy, mining and defense sectors, with duties that include oil and gas pipeline monitoring and methane mapping. “The technology aboard the satellite provides high-resolution imagery not previously available to our industry, and we look forward to learning how to apply this new capability through our iPIPE partnership work,” says Darren Schmidt, iPIPE’s Program Co-Manager and the Assistant Director for Energy, Oil and Gas at the North Dakota-based Energy & Environmental Research Center. As part of its iPIPE commitment,  Orbital Sidekick is already carrying out both satellite and aerial operations over the Bakken and Permian basis in North Dakota. The work is intended to further develop Orbital Sidekick’s satellite-based hyperspectral pipeline monitoring capabilities. “The pipeline industry is continually seeking opportunities to improve pipeline safety. This project brings together our cutting-edge application of remote sensing technology with the very practical needs of oil and gas operators to perform well beyond minimal compliance requirements,” said Orbital Sidekick’s vice president of business development Peter Weaver at the time of the iPIPE announcement. The 66-pound (30-kilogram) Aurora satellite will be one of 36 payloads entering orbit today as part of SpaceX Transporter-2’s rideshare mission. After a pair of delays, liftoff is now scheduled for today, Wednesday, June 30, at 2:56 p.m. ET.  Click here to watch the liftoff live. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Enbridge on 3blmedia.com

June 30, 2021 02:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Future of Lawn Care: All About Robotic Lawn Mowers from Husqvarna

YourUpdateTV

Over the past few years, we have experienced the emergence of smart home technology and automation. We have access to various gadgets and tools that make our lives easier or help us do tasks more efficiently, like turning the lights on, locking our doors, or setting the thermostat to the desired temperature. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiA35fgftEc Our lawns are also now incorporating this type of technology. We can utilize innovative and time-saving devices and applications to help us cut our grass and tend to our lawns. Robotic lawn mowers are a cutting-edge technology that Husqvarna has spearheaded since 1995 with their best-selling Automower® lineup. The Automower® is a time-saving technology that automatically maintains your lawn at all times, rain or shine. Currently, there are more than 2 million Automower® units in operation around the world. The Husqvarna Automower® is a robotic lawn mower that is fully automatic and will maintain your lawn. What’s great is that various models can be controllable by a smartphone app or integrated into your smart home system that uses either Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Husqvarna offers eight residential models to choose from, so you can customize your experience based on your lawn care needs. One way to think about robotic mowers is that you’re not just getting another lawn mower— instead, you’re getting a perfect lawn 24/7. With traditional mowing, grass grows tall before being cut off all at once. With the Automower® by Husqvarna, it clips just a little grass at a time regularly. This helps you get a lawn that always looks like it was just freshly mowed and one that is constantly fertilized by the tiny grass clippings returned to the soil. You can also set up a weather timer and integrate Automower® into your family’s smart home schedule, so it will only cut the grass when scheduled, preventing any interruptions in your family fun outside. Automower® by Husqvarna is a smart, time-saving technology, and you can head on over to Automower.com to learn more, watch videos of the Automower® at work, and see our latest models to decide which robotic lawn mower is right for you. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports, and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

June 30, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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LSC-University Park provides steady career path safeguarding pipelines

Lone Star College-University Park

Deep underground the greater Houston area is an intricate piping system transporting materials to sustain our energy lifestyle. To support that piping system above ground, Lone Star College-University Park is training students to safeguard the metal piping from one of its biggest threats: corrosion. “Corrosion control ensures that anything made of metal or that has metal in it is solid, safe and secure,” said Steven Kahla, dean of business, applied sciences, computing and engineering technologies at LSC-University Park. “That could be a pipe moving natural gas or petro products, holding tanks, or metal on a bridge.” Students at LSC-University Park learn corrosion control and integrity management through an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Corrosion Technology. The two-year program utilizes chemistry, electricity, physics, metallurgy and other sciences to prevent or control the chemical and mechanical aspects involved in the deterioration process. “Corrosion technicians solve the issue before it becomes a problem and call it to the attention of others so that it can be fully fixed,” explained Kahla. John Richardson is one of the college’s first corrosion technology students. After experiencing the ups and downs as a project manager for a variety of pipeline companies, the 38-year-old returned to school to seek a steady career path. He chose corrosion technology specifically after watching his brother successfully complete a similar program and become certified by NACE, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. LSC-University Park’s degree program prepares its students for three different types of NACE certification, including Level 1 certifications for Coatings Inspector, Internal Corrosion Technologist, and Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technician. “There are very few career paths where you can earn a degree in two years and come out making $60,000 or more,” said Richardson, who’s halfway through the program. “My brother and I were going through some of the same things [with our careers]. I got him thinking about becoming a pipe inspector, and he really took it to the next level to get certified. He did really well and pushed me toward it, so here I am.” The college recently developed the program by tapping into a strong partnership with industry professionals from leading energy companies, many of which surround the LSC-University Park campus off TX-249 in northwest Houston. A 15-member advisory committee comprised of professionals from NACE and companies such as Kinder Morgan, ConocoPhillips, Acuren, Coastal Corrosion Controls, and Enercon provided input on the program and clarified important skills necessary for those coming out of college and into the field. “There were so many companies that came to us and said, ‘we need a program for corrosion technology,’” said Kahla. “At that time, the nearest program for corrosion technology was in Kilgore, some three hours away. I am most proud about the industry involvement; our partnership with these companies enhanced every aspect of the program and allowed us to create a degree plan that seamlessly transitions into the workforce.” “Structuring degree programs that precisely fit the specific needs of industry while providing students a pathway to gainful employment is the epitome of our college’s mission,” said Dr. Shah Ardalan, president of LSC-University Park. “Corrosion technology is a unique, innovative career path, and we’re proud to be a leader in providing students access to learning the knowledge and skills for success in this field.” While portions of the program are offered via online coursework, certain classes utilize the campus’ state-of-the-art Corrosion Lab, which was created under the direction of the advisory committee. Students get hands-on experience with atmospheric controls, cathodic controls, and coating and inspection tools. “For the lab, the advisory committee basically modified our own tool list for things that would be applicable to the students,” said Drew Hevle, manager of corrosion control at Kinder Morgan and member of the program’s advisory committee. “This gives them exposure to the tools they will use on the job. Corrosion affects every industry, and the tools we use here are pretty universal to other industries, too.” As a very hands-on field, corrosion technology is geared for someone who wants to be outside and is mechanically inclined. A typical day is spent inspecting a project, using metering equipment in the field, or prepping a pipe for corrosion protection based on where it will be placed or how it will be used. “Corrosion prevention is a big industry that has a huge impact across all industries,” said Hevle. “Houston is very oil and gas focused, but think of other industries in other parts of the country, like the airlines for instance.” After obtaining a degree in corrosion technology from LSC-University Park, students like Richardson are extremely marketable in pipeline and other industries and can enter the workforce almost immediately. “Corrosion technology is a need everywhere across the world, not just here in Houston,” said Richardson. “But my family is here, so I hope to get a job in Houston and stay close.” Graduates of the AAS in Corrosion Technology program are also eligible to pursue one of the new bachelor’s degrees that Lone Star College began offering in 2020 - the Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy, Manufacturing and Trade Management (BAS-EMTM) program. The BAS-EMTM is designed for students seeking to further develop their professional qualifications and a greater understanding of the managerial roles in energy, manufacturing and trades industries. For more information on the corrosion technology program at LSC-University Park, please visit bit.ly/LSCUP-CorrosionTech. For information on taking classes at LSC-University Park, visit LoneStar.edu/StartUP or call 281.290.2600. Registration for both summer and fall semesters is ongoing and classes are filling quickly. Established in 2012, Lone Star College-University Park has been recognized nationally and internationally for its innovation, as well as its focus on student access and success. Conveniently located off SH 249 in the heart of northwest Houston, Lone Star College-University Park is known as the “community’s college,” providing students with highly-affordable degree and certificate programs that transfer seamlessly to four-year universities or lead to direct employment. The college's facilities include the Center for Science & Innovation, the Energy & Manufacturing Institute, Learning Innovation Labs and the Geology Rock Wall. Dr. Shah Ardalan has been president of LSC-University Park since its founding in 2012. Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 93,000+ students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of seven colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu. A future in Corrosion Tech. Lone Star College-University Park student John Richardson has bright career prospects as he pursues an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Corrosion Technology. Media Contacts: Steve Scheffler Executive Director, College Relations 281.290.3690 (O) 281.851.1690 (M) Steven.J.Scheffler@LoneStar.edu Jessica Jordan Communications Manager, College Relations 281.290.1812 (O) 979.236.6723 (M) Jessica.Jordan@LoneStar.edu Contact Details LSC-University Park +1 281-290-2600

June 30, 2021 01:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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