GM in search for Young Engineers that can Design the Future of Transportation

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra, announced on Wednesday in New York that the company is in search of young talents that can be trained to work in computer engineering.

The company specifically aims to recruit women and minorities to work in the near future in the driverless car industry.

Barra said that GM has long helped train engineers, and even she earned a degree in electrical engineering at the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan (known today as Kettering University).

To achieve its goal, GM works today with several groups that are training teachers and students from grade school on up for jobs in computer engineering.

Code.org is one of the groups working with GM, and its founder Hadi Partovi, said that in Detroit, there are three times more job openings in computer engineering than the jobs in manufacturing.

Code.org develops online computer programming lessons and works together with schools to build computer literacy curricula.

GM announced today that will grant an amount between $200,000 to $250,000 to Code.org and three other national groups that are promoting computer literacy.

GM also works with the group called Black Girls Code (a group that wants to increase the number of African-American women in the technology industry).

GM will help Black Girls Code to start a new chapter in the Detroit area.

Another group that works with GM is called the Institute of Play and they are creating game design concepts used in the teaching of various academic subjects.

GM will help the group to tailor its concepts and methods in order to teach math.

The last group is called Digital Promise, and they are using technology to train teachers in “computational thinking”.

The group tries to make them think and solve the problems using methods that are similar to the methods used by computer programmers.

Today’s announcement is part of GM’s larger plan to spend more than $10 million this year (2017), to improve the education level in the so-called STEM areas of the science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

Barra stated that GM aims to grow the young talents because only this way they will be able to design the future of transportation.

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