GE Foundation commits $50K to non-profit Assemble

Grant to support students with hands-on STEM experiences for jobs of the digital industrial world

Pittsburgh, Pa. – April 24, 2018 – The GE Foundation today announced a $50,000 grant to Assemble, a non-profit organization dedicated to building confidence through making. This grant will enhance access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training and provide cutting-edge technology to encourage students in Assemble’s community to become more familiar with the field and better prepare them for innovative jobs in the future.

Located within a diverse neighborhood in Pittsburgh, many students in Assemble’s community are faced with barriers to STEM-related activities during their school days, inhibiting them from experimenting, trying, and learning through experiences necessary for the jobs of tomorrow. With the help of GE Foundation, Assemble can continue its commitment to addressing these educational gaps. Assemble offers students STEM opportunities that will enable them to succeed in school and feel confident about participation in science, technology and art classes, while also giving them the necessary skills to be successful in today’s workforce.

“At Assemble, we envision a diverse community with people of all ages who feel empowered to create, connect, learn, and transform together,” said Nina Barbuto, founder and director at Assemble. “This support from GE Foundation will help us to impact students’ lives in a deep and meaningful way, building their agency.   Through interactive science, technology, engineering, arts  and math experiences, we encourage creative problem solving and critical-thinking skills to prepare students to be producers of the future hold.”

“With access to innovative technology, Assemble is giving its students experiential learning with career-readiness planning in high-demand STEM fields, like additive manufacturing,” said John Oliver, CEO at GE Additive. “This exposure will help promote interest in STEM at an early age, enabling students to feel empowered and prepared to be the next engineer or another profession in technology to accelerate our field.”

In addition to GE Foundation’s efforts to support the equity and quality in K-12 public education in the U.S., in 2017 GE Additive’s Education Program announced an investment of $10 million over five years to provide schools and colleges worldwide with 3D printers. To date, more than 400 schools have received printers, giving more than 180,000 students across the globe access to 3D printing equipment and curriculum.

“GE Foundation is focused on bridging the gap between education and industry by giving students a solid foundation for the future with the skills to compete successfully in today’s digital industrial world,” said Ann R. Klee, president of GE Foundation. “GE Foundation and Assemble share a common goal of bringing communities together and helping students become problem solvers and innovators of the future.”

About the GE Foundation

GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, is committed to building a world that works better. We empower people by helping them build the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. We equip communities with the technology and capacity to improve access to better health and education. We elevate ideas that are tackling the world's toughest challenges to advance economic development and improve lives. The GE Foundation is powered by the generosity and talent of our employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities. Follow the GE Foundation at and on Twitter at @GE_Foundation.

About GE Additive

GE Additive is part of GE (NYSE: GE) - the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE Additive includes additive machine providers Concept Laser and ArcamEBM; along with additive material provider AP&C and additive service provider to the medical industry, DTI. As a notable user of additive technologies GE recognizes the value and potential it brings to modern design and manufacturing. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, resources and intellect. GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. Learn more at

About Assemble

Assemble is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering learning and creativity. Assemble envisions diverse neighborhoods of empowered people who create, connect, learn, and transform together. We build confidence through making by uniting communities of artists, technologists, makers, and learners both in our space at 4824 Penn Ave and beyond. Learn more at:

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