United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) is donating $100,000 to INROADS, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of paid internships for talented, diverse students of all backgrounds, to support new mentorship programs for high school and college students.
UTC announced the contribution Wednesday during an INROADS New England Region Alumni event. The contribution strengthens UTC’s 25-year partnership with INROADS and demonstrates the company’s continuous commitment to attracting the best and brightest employees.
“Innovation is critical to UTC’s success in a competitive global economy,” said J. Thomas Bowler Jr., UTC Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organization. “INROADS is an important pipeline of high-performing employees with diverse perspectives who become catalysts for creative product and process solutions across our businesses.”
INROADS Interns receive on-going coaching and training by a corporate mentor and INROADS Alumni, access to tutoring, and most importantly, a unique skills development plan designed to increase the Intern’s soft skills and overall understanding of how to become a high-performer.
UTC was the top provider of INROADS internships for the last four years. Since 1986, UTC has provided more than 2,500 internships to students.
“The tremendous scale of UTC’s ongoing and growing commitment to INROADS creates significant opportunities for mentoring, training and development of talented students, helping them to become leaders in both industry and the community,” said Forest T. Harper, Jr., INROADS President and CEO. “We truly appreciate this major contribution of $100,000. This sets the pace for other corporations in our “Leadership! Campaign,” creates important opportunities for diverse students of all backgrounds, and further demonstrates a vision shared by United Technologies and INROADS that advancing diversity/inclusion fuels corporate innovation.”
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries. UTC’s products include Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Sikorsky helicopters, Carrier heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace systems and industrial products, Otis elevators and escalators, and UTC Fire & Security systems. UTC is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, was named the “greenest” aerospace and defense company by Newsweek in 2010, and ranks 12th on DiversityBusiness.com’s list of “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities.”
Founded in 1970, INROADS, Inc. is the nation’s largest non-profit source of paid internships for talented, diverse students of all backgrounds. INROADS has placed over 125,000 paid internships throughout its history, providing students with the skills and competencies necessary to be successful in advanced careers. With over 35 offices throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, INROADS has consistently been named one of “America’s Top 10 Internships” for over 15 years. Top corporate clients of INROADS include United Technologies Corporation, MetLife, Qwest Communications, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.