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GE Transportation Donates $25,000 to Chicago Public Schools’ STEM Program

CHICAGO, IL – Today, GE Transportation, a unit of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), donated $25,000 to the Chicago Public Schools’ Early College Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Schools (ECSS). ECSS prepares Chicago Public School students for college and professional careers by teaching them the skills needed to succeed in a competitive and global economy. Having recently relocated its corporate headquarters to Chicago, GE Transportation is continuing its tradition of supporting the communities in which it works all over the world.

The ECSS program is focused on preparing students to go to college and launch careers in STEM- related fields. It seeks to equip students for high-skilled jobs because workers with only a high school education or less currently account for only 41 percent of the workforce in America. By 2018, two- thirds of jobs in the U.S. will require at least some college education.

“At GE Transportation, we pride ourselves on solving the world’s toughest transportation problems, and to do that we need the best engineers and scientists in the world,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Transportation. “We thank Chicago Public Schools for preparing students for the advanced-technology jobs of tomorrow. And we appreciate the warm welcome that Mayor Emanuel has given us.”

“Chicago is thrilled that GE Transportation chose our city as its new corporate headquarters and is already investing in our community,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Students need to be educated in STEM skills today so they can be successful employees tomorrow. Companies like GE Transportation are creating high-tech manufacturing and engineering jobs, and I am committed to making sure our students will be ready to fill those positions.”

About ECSS

An Early College Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (or STEM) School (ECSS), is a high school model initially formed out of a partnership between the district, City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), and industry representatives (i.e., IBM), and that will expand and take shape in Chicago through partnership with additional colleges and businesses. Students enrolled in the ECSS model will follow CPS high school graduation requirements but will also have the opportunity to graduate high school with industry certifications, significant college credit, and possibly an Associate's Degree. The college credits are earned in a STEM-related field, such as Web Development and Software Programming, that prepares students to be competitive candidates for employment with one or more of our anchor
corporate partners, to pursue a 4-year degree, or to launch a career in another STEM-related organization.

About GE Transportation

GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), solves the world’s toughest transportation challenges. GE Transportation builds equipment that moves the rail, mining and marine industries. Our fuel-efficient and lower-emissions freight and passenger locomotives, diesel engines for rail, marine and stationary power applications, signaling and software solutions, drive systems for mining trucks, underground mining equipment, energy storage systems, and value-added services help customers grow. GE Transportation employs approximately 13,000 employees worldwide.

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