Since 2000, the Lam Research Foundation has funded an in-school engineering program within the Fremont, California, school district that has grown from four classes in two high schools to 30 classes in nine high schools – reaching more than 900 students. This four-year course is designed to prepare students to pursue an engineering degree and provides opportunities to engage and network with corporate and community partners. Our involvement with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) – a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) K-12 educational program – has allowed employees to expand interaction with students beyond the long-time company funding.
In support of the PLTW program, this past April Lam hosted more than 50 students from American High School in Fremont for an engineering-focused, activity-filled afternoon at our headquarters. The goal of the visit was for students to learn about the variety of engineering careers available to them and to interact with our technologists. Sessions included software controls and tool demonstrations, visits to training labs, and a manufacturing facility tour. The students really enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to engage in these activities, with several attendees commenting that “Lam would be a pretty cool place to work.”
At Lam, we strive to provide volunteer activities that enable our employees to become actively involved in their local regions. Events such as high school engineering student visits are just some of the many ways we support education in the communities where we live and work.