General Motor was selected by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Company of the Year for its dedication, commitment and efforts to support the growth and advancement of Hispanic students and professionals pursuing STEM careers.
The STAR Awards were held on Nov. 2, in Indianapolis with thousands of students and professional engineers in attendance.
GM Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett accepted the award and announced the donation of a Chevrolet Spark to SHPE as a yearlong STEM fundraiser.
"When I look at this crowd, this tremendous gathering, I don't see Hispanic engineers. No, I see great engineers, driven engineers, the engineers that will build this nation's future," Barrett said in a statement.
Also in attendance was GM's recruitment team (see photo below). GM is in the process of hiring more than 4,000 information technology professionals to work in four innovations centers near Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit and Austin, Texas, according to a press release.
"Our company's future relies on our ability to recruit top engineering talent," said Jill Kanaby, human resource supervisor for GM Global Product Development "The conference allows us to connect and recruit talented young people that are on the path to success."
SHPE CEO Pilar Montoya announced GM as the "Visionary Sponsor" and host of the 40th anniversary conference from Nov. 5-9, 2014 in Detroit.
GM and the GM Foundation have awarded more than $16 million through the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program. About 12 percent of the scholarships to date have gone to Latinos interested in pursuing automotive industry careers, according to a GM spokesperson.
Left to right, back row: Juan Restrepo, Hector Romo, Josef Correia, Fernando Vargas, Anselmo Gallegos, Milton Martinez and Joe Martinez. Left to right front row: Edgar Cuningham, Diana Ortega and Camila Marquez.
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