One of the best ways to build the Ford workforce of tomorrow is to invest time today. “The reason why many of us are here today at Ford is because somebody invested in us,” said Brandon Johnson, Global Data Analytics. For one group of employees, however, it’s about more than generosity of spirit; it’s also about giving back to an organization and a program that helped them become who they are today.
That program is the Detroit-Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), a non-profit organization offering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming to youth in metropolitan Detroit. Founded in 1976, DAPCEP now reaches more than 16,000 youth annually partners with school districts, colleges and universities, and numerous corporations, including Ford.
To see the results DAPCEP makes possible, you don’t need to look farther than Ford employees like Felicia Ford, Shanikia Little, and Brandon Johnson, all of whom are alumni of the program now involved in running it and helping to educate a new generation. Their efforts to make quality STEM education accessible exemplify the spirit of this holiday season of giving, as well as the excellence and collaboration that help make Ford a destination for top engineering talent.