Bendix Acuna to build new laboratory for CECyTEC students
To expand educational opportunities for young people in Ciudad Acuna, Bendix CVS de Mexico, and its organization Fundacion Bendix, developed a plan to optimize the facilities, infrastructure and academic programs of the College of Scientific and Technological Studies of the State of Coahuila (CECyTEC, by its Spanish initials.)
Bendix is a member of the Grupo Knorr-Bremse, it develops and provides innovative active safety technologies, energy management solutions, systems and cargo components and air brake control for trucks.
In an interview for Mexico Industry, Maria Gutierrez, director of sustainability and corporate responsibility at Bendix and one of the project coordinators, reported that 189 students graduated from CECyTEC in Acuna sponsored by that company, 101 in Industrial Production and 89 in Foreign Trade.
The plan, said Gutierrez, prepared in conjunction with the CECyTEC, consists of two initiatives. “In one, Knorr-Bremse Global Care and the Fundacion Bendix will build and equip a new industrial production lab for all students on campus. In the other, Bendix will provide a dual training opportunity to selected CECyTEC students, who will receive practical training at the Bendix Acuna plant.
The construction of the laboratory is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, which will give CECyTEC students the opportunity to simulate and experiment with practical industrial cases.
“The dual training program, which will begin this fall, will include two-year of continuing fellowships that combine studies at CECyTEC with practical training at Bendix. Four CECyTEC students will be chosen to participate in this visionary program in the semester beginning in the fall of 2017, and eight students in subsequent years,” explained Gutierrez.
Bendix believes that the combination of the industrial laboratory and the training program will help to better prepare students and provide them with the skills needed to enter the workforce, as well as expose them to both simulated and actual manufacturing and assembly work environments.
“In Acuna, educational opportunities for young people are not completely aligned with the type of technical jobs available in the area,” said Gutierrez. “The CECyTEC approach to industrial production is consistent with Bendix's own approach. We see an opportunity to improve learning in areas such as quality, safety, logistics and industrial engineering,” he concluded.