Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement

AVON, Ohio – A local shortage of medical professionals, combined with the need for affordable educational options for high school students in Acuña, Mexico, has led to the creation of a federally funded technical nursing education program at the Centro de Bachillerato Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicios No. 54 (CBTIS), a local vocational high school.

The $554,000 project has also earned the support of two North American-based foundations: Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America (KBGCNA), a philanthropic entity operated by Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse; and the Bendix Foundation, directed by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC.

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Knorr-Bremse is the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle systems. It’s also the parent company of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, which manages its own foundation and is a significant employer in Acuña, where it has operated a major manufacturing complex for more than 30 years. In addition, in October 2021, the Knorr-Bremse rail subsidiary, Watertown, N.Y.-based New York Air Brake LLC, opened a new rail production operation in Acuña.

KBGCNA, in partnership with its representatives at Bendix Acuña, is one of the funders of the program in support of its larger mission to contribute to the education and well-being of underserved populations.

The foundations’ support took the form of an $80,000 grant that KBGCNA awarded to the school in early 2021, by way of the Bendix Foundation. The grant, which is being distributed to the school in two installments, supports its newly implemented Nursing Vocational Technical Education program. The first class of 160 students enrolled in the program began their studies in August of 2021.

“We’re exceptionally proud to support the new technical nursing education program at CBTIS in Acuña and are so excited about the impact it will have, both for local students and for the greater community,” said Maria Gutierrez, president of KBGCNA and director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Bendix. “This new program is one that can help the community fill its current and vital need for medical professionals and has also resulted in a much-needed education program that’s far more accessible to local students in terms of its cost.”

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