At Volvo Trucks, we’ve established long-term partnerships with educational institutions as a way to increase collaboration in transportation research and development, and provide opportunities for students and faculty to get hands-on experience.
NC State University
In 2012, the Volvo Group entered into a three-year Academic Preferred Talent Partnership with North Carolina State University – focusing primarily on students in N.C. State’s College of Engineering and Poole College of Management. The students get hands-on experience through internships and mentoring programs, and Volvo Trucks gains an expanded talent pool for future jobs.
Penn State University
In early 2010, Penn State became the first North American university to join the Volvo Group’s Academic Partner Program. This partnership is focusing on diesel combustion and efficiency, alternative fuels, intelligent transportation systems and vehicle and driver safety systems. Penn State is well-known for its expertise in engine and combustion research as well as heavy-duty vehicle testing.
Because Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is located near Volvo’s truck manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia, we collaborate with the university on research projects and provide internships and other learning opportunities for Virginia Tech students.
Radford University has worked with Volvo's New River Valley plant on several projects, including developing marketing materials that highlight our contribution to the community. Students studying business psychology and interior design have also conducted studies of the NRV culture and business environment.
The Volvo Research and Educational Foundation has funded a new Center for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Plans are underway to conduct research with Penn State and institutions in the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands and Australia to better understand traffic and ways to manage congestion.
New River Community College
New River Valley Community College is a long-time partner with Volvo Trucks, providing employees with training and assistance on a number of projects.
NC FIRST Robotics
Volvo Trucks supports middle and high school robotics teams in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad region through a partnership with NC FIRST Robotics. Volvo provides several teams with funding to purchase equipment and attend the annual state regional tournament in Raleigh. Team members also develop contacts within Volvo for mentoring opportunities.
To help address the shortage of qualified diesel mechanics and technicians, Volvo Trucks sponsors two scholarships valued at $8,700 each for students attending WyoTech’s Diesel Advanced Technology Education program in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, and Laramie, Wyoming.
The program includes a comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates for entry-level positions servicing and repairing Volvo trucks. Students enrolled in the program receive training specific to Volvo engines, electronics, emissions, powertrain and chassis components.
Volvo Trucks supports two elementary schools located in the most economically distressed areas of North Carolina’s Guilford County. Our employee activities committee assists with campaigns for school supplies and food, and we sponsor landscaping projects at both schools – bringing together our commitment to the community and our core value of environmental care.