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GE Healthcare Supports MATC with $25,000 Donation
Funds will help establish STEM Center on Downtown Milwaukee Campus

April 2, 2014
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MATC Foundation Executive Director Christine McGee, MATC Executive Vice President Dr. Vicki J. Martin, and GE Healthcare's Richard Hausmann. 

Waukesha, Wisconsin - GE Healthcare is providing a $25,000 donation to Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) to establish a STEM Center. The funds will be used to equip the lab with new and different technology that students can use for their coursework. A check presentation was made by GE Healthcare at a special MATC Donor Reception April 3 on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus. 

The STEM Center will be open to all MATC students who are enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) programs. MATC established a Women in Technology Center last year. The success of the center led administration to think about the value of expanding it into a larger lab that would provide an opportunity for all students in STEM-related programs to work on projects outside of their regular coursework. The Women in Technology Center will continue to have dedicated space in the new STEM Center. 

The donation will help to add space to expand the center so it can be available to students in related fields such as biotechnology or information systems. The funding will be used to add new equipment such as computers, robotics kits, rapid prototyping equipment, and new workstations. 

“We are grateful for this grant from GE Healthcare,” said Terese Dressel, Associate Dean of School of Technology and Applied Sciences. ”Expanding the center will give our existing student club access to STEM activities that we currently cannot provide. In addition, a STEM Center will expand the reach, so that all MATC students will have the opportunity to explore STEM careers through hands-on activities.”

The money comes from the "chairman's leadership award," a contribution from General Electric Co. chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, based on outstanding leadership and MR business unit performance headquartered in Waukesha. GE Healthcare is proud to use this money to support MATC in developing the critical talent pipeline in STEM fields in Milwaukee. GE Healthcare will support this new project with volunteer mentors to help MATC students explore future technical careers. 

 “It is our pleasure to support such a worthy organization serving students of all ages in the Milwaukee area,” said Richard Hausmann, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare’s Magnetic Resonance division. “At GE Healthcare, we’re committed to making a difference in the communities in which we live and work. This opportunity to help students pursuing careers in science and technology is very exciting for us; we look forward to developing a deeper partnership with MATC in years to come.” About GE Healthcare GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com 

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