Every Bobcat Company employee started their career in the classroom – whether that was a traditional classroom or a hands-on training course. We are proud to support diverse STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs to foster positive growth in the communities where our employees, dealers and customers live and work. Ensuring a promising future for the compact equipment industry starts with strong educational opportunities that will build the next generation of innovators.
The foundation of Bobcat Company in North America is built on innovation, which is why we strongly believe in supporting STEM-related education and research areas. These initiatives generate community progress and fuel the curiosity needed to build the technology of tomorrow. Programs like these contribute to the company’s continued growth and success.
We award multiple grants, facilitate hands-on activities in classrooms, host manufacturing facility tours/field trips and support scholarship programs to students at all educational levels — elementary, middle school, high school and college. Our efforts take place at schools located in and around our North American facilities.
One of the ways Bobcat Company contributes to STEM initiatives is through student growth programs. Employees facilitate hands-on activities and provide the inspirational spark for students to consider careers in STEM. Bobcat Company partners with local schools in their surrounding communities to host these events, where students learn STEM basics. These events have included understanding robotics, participating in computer simulations and learning about heat transfer and electrical circuit boards. Having the opportunity to engage with current Bobcat Company employees, students get to watch engineering come to life.
Each year, we award $500 Doosan Discovery Grants to 5th through 8th grade classrooms in areas where Bobcat Company operates. The grants are used for projects and programming that teachers develope that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics – all designed to improve, advance and enrich student learning. The grant money goes towards the purchase of tools and materials required for the projects to come to life within the walls of the classroom.
To ensure the future of the compact equipment industry, we believe it’s our responsibility to help develop the next generation of innovators. Our robust internship and co-op program provides college students hands-on experience across all functional areas of our business.
We partner with surrounding colleges and universities to bring students into our facilities to collaborate with Bobcat Company engineers and researchers on a variety of projects. These projects include exploring new product development, component testing and material characterization, while also working to improve manufacturing processes across the company’s global manufacturing facilities.
Students can also participate in the Senior Design Project Sponsorship Program. Through this program, Bobcat Company fully sponsors students’ projects while Bobcat Company engineers mentor and coach them throughout the year. Students then present their final project before graduation to our senior engineering team, including our vice president of global engineering.
We fund multiple individual scholarships every year to students in area institutions. We make significant contributions to endowments that will provide sustainable funding to students long into the future.
Bobcat Company donated $3 million to NDSU to fund a STEM-related scholarship program. The State of North Dakota matched the donation — adding $1.5 million — making the combined $4.5 million the single largest scholarship endowment gift in school history. When fully funded, the endowment will distribute approximately $180,000 in scholarships per year in perpetuity, benefiting countless students and their families.
Bobcat Company awarded $1,000 scholarships to nine students (three representing each school) at Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State – Moorhead), North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS – Wahpeton) and Bismarck State College (BSC). These technical schools are located in cities where Bobcat Company has facilities.