DETROIT, November 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —
- The award recognizes the company for spearheading the Mechatronics program Wayne County Community College district
- The program is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2023
- Presented during the 2022 Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit
- The company has won the Second Benchmark Award since the award was established in 2017
Stellantis North America today received its second Benchmark Award from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition for its commitment to supporting workforce training programs in Wayne County Community College district.
The award, presented by Rev Jesse Jackson and the Chairman John A. Graves to Stellantis North America COO Mark Stewart during the 2022 Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, recognizing the company’s leadership in establishing an innovative Mechatronics program at the college.
The Mechatronics program includes more than $10 million on robotics equipment donated from Stellantis, Comau and other Tier 1 suppliers to create training for job opportunities in the automotive industry. One addition $10 million will be invested by the college for infrastructure and staff to support the program, which is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2023.
“On behalf of the dedicated Stellantis team, I am deeply humbled and honored to receive our company’s second Benchmark Award, in recognition of the innovative Mechatronics program in Wayne County Community College,” said Stewart. “This exciting program is an excellent example of how companies like Stellantis, and outstanding educational institutions like Wayne County Community College, can be very deliberate about bringing business acumen and resources to bear making tangible and sustainable economic benefits for diverse communities.
Rainbow PUSH established the Benchmark Award in 2017 to recognize organizations, businesses and individuals who create opportunities “through innovative methodologies and unexpected management strategies,” according to the organization.
“The importance of the automotive industry being engaged and connected to the communities it serves through educational programs like this cannot be overstated,” Graves said. “At the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, we continually encourage automakers to support workforce development programs that reflect the communities in which they sell their products.”
The company also received the Benchmark Award in 2019 in recognition of its successful MatchMaker program, which has generated more than $4 billion in new business opportunities for minority-owned businesses since 1999.
2022 Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit, which takes place November 14-15 in DetroitIt was the organization’s 23rd annual automotive gathering.
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