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COMPETITION: 2016 International Space Station ISS Design Challenge

Mouser has teamed up with Made In Space with their launch of the first Zero-G 3D printer to assist astronauts mission on the International Space Station. You design it. We’ll 3D print it in space. Mouser is looking for an innovative design idea from college engineering students and engineers that can be used by astronauts 200 miles above Earth. Grant Imahara and former ISS Commander and astronaut, Chris Hadfield, are judges to determine which design makes it to space.

Application Deadline: October 10th, 2016




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COMPETITION: Valeo Innovation Challenge

Valeo is inviting you to come up with a product or system that will (between now and 2030) make vehicles more intelligent, intuitive, green, and fun! This is your chance to have your say in how the future of vehicles should be – team up with friends or coursemates and you’ll be in the running for the grand prize of €100,000 in each of the following categories:
– Technological Innovation
– Idea for new ways of using cars

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2017




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COMPETITION: ESTECO Academy Design Competition 2016

Test your skills in numerical analysis, simulation and testing to design the perfect race engine. The winning team will enjoy a job experience with the APRILIA Racing team, which during its young history already counts on several World Championship Awards. Competing teams will enjoy a hands-on experience and learn how to balance the use of cutting edge software technology with their analytical applied mathematics background, in the quest for the optimal design.

Application Deadline: November 30th, 2016




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COMPETITION: Global Change Award Network

Do you have the next big idea for the fashion industry? This fall the Global Change Award will open again for the second year of application. The competition is an early stage innovation challenge aiming to close the loop for fashion, while taking on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – to create fashion for a growing population while reducing its impact on the environment.

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2016




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STUDENT PROFILE: SME honors Trabuco High Senior, Troy Wallace Pierson

For the fourth consecutive year, Manufacturing Engineering magazine recognizes 30 individuals under the age of 30 who are making a difference in manufacturing and STEM fields. These young people deserve recognition for their accomplishments in a field that gets unfairly branded as dark, dirty and dangerous—or even worse, as a career of the past.This year’s group of honorees includes Trabuco Hills High School senior Troy Wallace Pierson who was nominated by his CTE teacher Fred Kendall


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STUDENT PROFILE: Elizabeth -Taller San Jose Hope Builders

Elizabeth personifies the personal and professional transformations OC Pathway’s support made possible this past year.

Elizabeth applied to Taller San Jose Hope Builders looking for a chance to change her life. Growing up in Santa Ana, her parents worked minimum-wage jobs and struggled to support their family. A few weeks into her senior year she dropped out of High School to work full-time and help make ends meet.

At 25 years old, Elizabeth was working two jobs and recalls “I wanted to continue my education but didn’t know how or where to start. Fortunately, I found Hope Builders, which has provided me with the training and support to get my dream job.”

Elizabeth enrolled in the Clinical Medical Assisting Training Program and thrived in the structured and professional environment. With the help of her Hope Builders case manager, Elizabeth continues to achieve the goals she set forth at the start of her training. This past year, she earned her High School diploma and studied to become a certified phlebotomist.

Today, Elizabeth is working as a medical assistant at Share Our Selves, earning $16/hour with full benefits and plans to continue her education in the medical field. “Thanks to Hope Builders I am a better person. I can better support my family and will be able to help others.”


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Luke enrolled in the Orange County Workforce Development Board’s Young Adult Career Program as a disabled youth attending Brea Olinda High School. Luke was having trouble finding employment and graduating high school. Being very shy, applying to jobs was overwhelming to Luke. Luke received one on one tutoring to work on assignments he wasn’t able to complete on his own. As a result of program participation Luke obtained his high school diploma from Brea Olinda High School. Luke’s completion of the Young Adult Career Program’s work readiness component prepared Luke to begin his work experience. Luke expressed interest in a career as an auto mechanic and was placed at the La Habra City Yard assisting the city mechanics with yard duties. Through the program he received supportive services to help purchase his work attire. While completing his work experience, with the encouragement and referral of program staff, Luke enrolled at Hacienda La Puente Adult Education’s Automotive Technology Program. He is currently working to obtain his Auto-Mechanic Certificate. Luke was hired by the City of La Habra and is now working part time in the Facilities Department. Luke is very grateful to have received the individualized assistance he needed to gain occupational skills. With the assistance of program staff he was able to receive help and gain the confidence required to be successful in the labor market.

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