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Excerpt: The NACE Foundation raises funds to promote awareness and create educational opportunities for the future, global corrosion workforce.

The NACE Foundation raises funds to promote awareness and create educational opportunities for the future, global corrosion workforce.

An educated and experienced workforce in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is essential to meaningful innovation and economic growth, and studies show that 50% of future jobs will require STEM skills. The demand for proficient STEM professionals is strong and growing, yet jobs continue to go unfilled due to a shortage of trained and qualified workers. It is critical to the global economy that we engage the world's future workforce to pursue education and training in STEM disciplines. In partnership with NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, the NACE Foundation is taking action to address this challenge now.

The Solution – Protecting the World's Infrastructure:

Take a walk outside and look around, because your world is changing and you don't even know it. Chances are, you see some deteriorating metal or concrete, showing the destructive effects of corrosion on the world's ageing infrastructure. The effects of corrosion are perpetual and devastating, with preservation costs exceeding a staggering USD 1.5 trillion globally each year, and USD 800 billion in the India alone.

In the wake of the STEM crisis, the future workforce in corrosion science and engineering faces a major threat. A significant number of the industry's workforce will retire in the next decade, with fewer individuals qualified to take their place. A declining workforce diminishes the ability to keep up with corrosion prevention demands.

Helping to Solve the STEM Demand at All Levels:

The NACE Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation dedicated to preparing a future workforce in STEM who will protect the world's infrastructure from the effects of corrosion. The programs promote STEM education and training to the next generation, and introduce opportunities for professional and rewarding careers across all levels of the corrosion industry. In India, the NACE Foundation efforts are supported by the CORCON Institute of Corrosion. A brief of three focus areas of the NACE Foundation are:

A) Academic Scholarships Program

The NACE Foundation's Scholarship Program was established to promote the study of corrosion science and engineering, as well as to recognise academic excellence and aid deserving students who demonstrate a drive to succeed and become contributing members of the corrosion industry. The application process is open annually from September 1 through January 1 and the NACE Foundation offers several scholarships, funded by contributions from individual members, NACE Sections and Areas, corporations and other non-profit entities, to students who meet the criteria established by the scholarship donors. Each scholarship has its own specific set of eligibility requirements, and is reviewed by a separate Selection Committee. If one is interested in applying for a scholarship through the NACE Foundation, please review the general scholarship guidelines on the NACE Foundation website. In India, the CORCON Institute of Corrosion provides ten scholarships of INR 1,50,000 annually through the NACE Foundation.

B) Corrosion Toolkit (cKit)

The Corrosion Toolkit (cKit) was developed in 2005 by the NACE Foundation as a fun and stimulating learning experience for students, as well as hands-on curriculum for high school teachers to challenge, inspire and educate their students on corrosion science and engineering. We recruited our industry's top corrosion experts to create an engaging way to demonstrate corrosion concepts and principles to high school students. They answered this challenge by designing the cKit and gladly donated their time and energy in exchange for the opportunity to be part of this exciting project.

Since 2005, the NACE Foundation has partnered with the ASM Materials Education Foundation to fund and organise Teacher Materials Camps, week-long educational summer camps for science, technology, engineering, and math teachers. These camps are held in more than 40 cities across the globe each summer providing STEM educators with the tools to excite their students and further their professional development.

The idea-generating workshop provides classroom instruction and hands-on lab experiences that show educators how to use applied engineering techniques in their classroom, making math and core science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle and high school students. The camp curriculum includes a 4-hour corrosion component utilising the NACE Foundation's Corrosion Toolkit (cKit).

The camp is FREE for attendees. Participants are eligible to receive four (4) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and can opt for two (2) graduate level credits.

Educators work with metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites, and develop a greater appreciation for the importance of these materials in modern life. 97% of teacher participants incorporate the experiments and learned concepts in their classrooms.

C) Workforce Development Program for Veterans

According to the US Department of Labor, the national unemployment rate amongst veterans in the United States is higher than the national average. In an effort to address this problem, the NACE International Foundation is committed to helping qualified and interested U.S. military veterans receive the training and support they need to embark on a rewarding career in the corrosion industry.

The NACE Foundation's Workforce Development Program provides participants with the following:

  • The NACE Foundation supports two NACE training courses, up to a Level I certification course (CP or CIP), and reimbursement for travel and lodging during the course of training.
  • Provide mentoring: Mentors provide a knowledge base, counsel participants on career options within the corrosion industry, and assist with opportunities for networking. Unlike many agencies that assist ex-military personnel, the NACE Foundation's objective is to assist veterans in developing a skillset that will enable them to pursue a successful career beyond military.

*The NACE Foundation's objective is to assist veterans in developing a skillset that will enable them to independently pursue a successful career beyond the military. While it is the expectation of the NACE Foundation to provide every possible service to each candidate, the NACE Foundation is in no way making a guarantee of employment upon completion of the Workforce Development Program.

Author Details

Dr. Samir Degan

Past President 2018-2019

NACE Internation.

Director, CORCON Institute of Corrosion

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