Thomas Nelson Community College is pleased to announce the receipt of a $954.7 million in-kind software grant from Siemens. Students will now have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.
“This grant will allow Thomas Nelson to provide our students and community with access to state-of-the-art education and training in these high demand technology industries. The Siemens software will have a significant economic impact to Hampton Roads and will allow Thomas Nelson to increase the number and quality of curricular offerings to the growing workforce in our region,” said Thomas Nelson President John Dever.
“The manufacturing industry in America is on the rise and is being transformed by a software revolution that is enhancing productivity, increasing efficiency and speeding time to market,” said Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO, Siemens PLM Software. “Here in Virginia where shipbuilding is core to the state’s economy, it’s important we equip students with the tools that will help them build the world’s largest and most complex ships for the U.S. Navy, such as the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.”
Thomas Nelson serves the Virginia Peninsula, which boasts a population of nearly a half million people. The region is home to national research laboratories including NASA Langley Research Center and Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and is also home to the largest concentration of manufacturers in the Commonwealth, with 20 large firms and more than 250 manufacturing companies including Siemens Industry Inc., Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Canon Virginia Inc., Continental AG, Alcoa Howmet and more.
“Siemens’ PLM software enables rapid product design and customization as markets change due to new business opportunities, regulations and product or process improvement. For this reason it is considered the gold standard in PLM for companies worldwide, including Hampton Roads.” said Dr. Deborah Wright, Vice President for Workforce Development at Thomas Nelson, who considers PLM a game changer for manufacturers in Hampton Roads.
The PLM software is integral to operations process management and quality control and is an important component in advanced manufacturing. It will be incorporated into programs for the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM) Center being proposed by Thomas Nelson in partnership with regional industries.
The grant announced today will supply Thomas Nelson with software licenses for Siemens’ NX™ software, a leading integrated solution for computer aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) and its Teamcenter® portfolio, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software.
Thomas Nelson Workforce Development will partner with industry partners and the incumbent workforce to provide training to up to 2,600 noncredit workforce students and their instructors, providing training in digital manufacturing, manufacturing management and more. Thomas Nelson’s Science, Engineering and Technology division will provide training to up to 400 credit students through assignments and research related to computer aided design, engineering simulation, industrial design and more. The in-kind grant will also help to expand and modernize manufacturing curriculum in design and process technologies.
“The Siemens software grant will be included in two computer aided drafting and two engineering technology courses, providing our students with an opportunity to work with cutting-edge design tools,” said Dr. Michael Reynolds, Interim Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology at Thomas Nelson.
Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Teamcenter and NX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.