|By Business Wire||
|July 31, 2014 09:49 PM EDT||
Michael Baker International, the number-one ranked engineering firm in Pennsylvania and a strong supporter of the National Guard Youth Foundation, will partner with Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to bring awareness to the high school dropout crisis and help high school dropouts get back on track to become productive members of their communities.
The company will debut its new logo on the hood of Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet SS during the August 1-3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Pocono Raceway, symbolizing the consolidation of several legacy firms, which have joined forces to combine innovation and technology to help clients meet critical infrastructure requirements. This event marks the beginning of the celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary in 2015 and its commitment to Pennsylvania, the clients and communities Michael Baker International serves throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Tom Campbell, Chairman of Michael Baker International, said, “At Michael Baker International we make a difference; not only to our clients but also our employees. We are at the forefront of innovation and our goal is to insert technology into all facets of the company’s services. We provide our customers with alternatives that efficiently and effectively solve their most complex problems. Our employees are proud of our innovative culture and knowledge that we are making a difference to our clients. We also want to make a difference in the communities we serve and the lives of young people who are the future of this country. By partnering with the National Guard Youth Foundation, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports, we can do that.”
Lou Cabrera, National Guard Youth Foundation President, said, “Michael Baker International is concerned, as we all should be, about the effect of the dropout crisis on the workforce of tomorrow, particularly with growing needs regarding our nation’s critical infrastructure. Along with the National Guard Youth Foundation, Michael Baker International is assisting these young people in building technical skills for careers in areas such as engineering, architecture, environmental services, sustainable design, construction, intelligence, full life cycle support and information technology.”
Kurt Bergman, Michael Baker International CEO, said, “A large pool of well educated, technically sophisticated young people is critical to Michael Baker International’s vision for the future of innovation in transportation systems, water resources, the environment, and the wide array of technical and professional services we provide worldwide.”
About the National Guard Youth Foundation
Nearly one million students drop out of school every year and disappear from classrooms. This crisis not only affects the lives of the individuals who drop out, but it also has severe consequences for our society, economy and national security. The National Guard Youth Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to addressing the nation’s dropout crisis by giving youth a second chance through the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a proven program that helps 9,000 youth each year improve their life skills, educational attainment and employability. The Foundation relies on strategic partnerships with companies and organizations like Michael Baker International to be able to provide direct support to ChalleNGe graduates in the form of scholarships, training and workforce transition assistance. These partnerships also help the Foundation get closer to its goal of expanding ChalleNGe so it is available to more youth who need it. Together, the National Guard Youth Foundation, the ChalleNGe program and its partners are changing the lives of thousands of young men and women every year by providing them with a pathway to a second chance and helping them continue on their path of success well beyond graduation day. www.NGYF.org
About Michael Baker International
Michael Baker International, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is an engineering and consulting firm which provides infrastructure, development and technology solutions to clients in more than 20 countries. The Company employs over 6,000 people across more than 90 offices and is proud of its Pennsylvania heritage. Michael Baker International is led by CEO, Kurt Bergman. With revenues of $1.3B, the Company is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services performing planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life cycle support services as well as information technology, intelligence and communications services and solutions. Baker provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. The Company makes a difference as a leader in innovation and integrates technology into all facets of its services. Michael Baker International realizes the importance of further enhancing the communities which it serves by supporting organizations that educate and empower the young men and women who are the future of this country. Engineering News Record (ENR) has ranked Michael Baker International the #1 engineering firm in Pennsylvania #26 Nationally, and #64 Globally. www.mbakerintl.com
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