GE invests $5M to launch college-readiness program for engineers at UC

Joe Allen, chief diversity officer at GE Aviation in Evendale.

Cincinnati has been selected as one of four global launch cities for General Electric Co.'s 10-year college-readiness program, Next Engineers.

The GE Foundation will invest $5 million in Cincinnati to help more than 3,500 students ages 13-18 prepare for future careers in engineering and increase diversity in the profession, according to a press release.

Cincinnati will join Greenville, South Carolina; Staffordshire, United Kingdom; Johannesburg, South Africa as inaugural locations for the program, which will provide hands-on experiences in engineering and financial support for students.

"I’m confident this program will be transformational for young people in our community,” said Joe Allen, chief diversity officer at Evendale-based GE Aviation. 

GE, which also has offices Downtown at The Banks, announced in April that it will spend $100 million on the program worldwide with the goal of reaching more than 85,000 students in approximately 25 cities over the next decade.

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