General Motors is encouraging Hispanic students to pursue engineering careers as it welcomes the annual conference of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) to Detroit starting today through November 9 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.
SHPE is a national organization whose purpose is to promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to Hispanics. “We are thrilled to welcome SHPE to Detroit as it celebrates 40 years serving as a vital resource for Latinos in STEM,” said GM President Dan Ammann. “GM wants to be the employer of choice for Hispanic engineers and this conference is a great opportunity to strengthen our relationship with this important community.”
The conference puts Detroit and the automotive industry in the spotlight for Hispanic-Americans, which is the fastest-growing segment in the U.S. Pointing young students to engineering opportunities can help propel the auto industry and positively impact Detroit.
Chevrolet has donated a 2014 Chevrolet Spark for a raffle in support of the organization’s goal of raising more than $250,000 for the SHPE Foundation; the winner will be announced on November 8.
“In GM we have a committed partner that is helping us empower the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential,” said SHPE Interim CEO, Barry Cordero. “GM has embraced the values of our ‘SHPE-familia,’ joining students, sponsors and supporters of SHPE and all those Hispanics in STEM across the country who share common goals and dreams. Our appreciation goes out to our Visionary Sponsor and to Chevrolet for its tremendous support.”
GM is the Visionary Sponsor for the conference, the largest annual Hispanic STEM event in the country.