November 17, 2016
Boston's high school students were the first to experience the new GE Brilliant Career Lab, launched through a partnership of the GE Foundation and Boston Public Schools. The Lab, a first-of-its-kind interactive mobile technology lab, is designed to prepare students for innovative digital industrial jobs of the future, by providing access to skills training in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related occupations. Susan Peters, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, GE, said, "GE takes career development very seriously, for our employees and future employees. The launch of the GE Brilliant Career Lab is a great investment in our community and will help high school students develop the skills they'll need for the jobs of the future." The Brilliant Career Lab offers both physical and virtual locations so students have hands-on experiences with advanced manufacturing technology and become familiar with new technologies, such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, milling machines, and programming tools. GE Foundation also launched the Brilliant Career Lab website, with career planning and preparation tools for students including career assessments that identify potential STEM-related career paths and interactive activities that teach students about opportunities based on their interests and skills. The Brilliant Career Lab is a centerpiece of the GE Foundation's $25 million investment to support Boston students and educators as GE moves its headquarters to the city. Through the $25 million commitment, GE plans to help Boston Public School students with computer science courses and high school design experiences to prepare for the workforce. GE will also help STEM high school teachers in their efforts to better prepare students for college and their future careers.