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Mission Statement

VISION: Developing a pipeline of new talent entering the electronics industry.

MISSION: The IPC Education Foundation creates AWARENESS of the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer and promote opportunities to students in high school and technical college/university by providing them ACCESS to knowledge and content and CONNECTIONS with people and companies.

Our Team

Charlene Gunter du Plessis

Senior Director of IPC Education Foundation

Charlene joined IPC in November 2018 as Director Strategic Partnerships and Programs and transitioned into the leadership role of the Foundation in December 2019. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the IPC Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that will connect and engage individuals with IPC industry members to opportunities in the electronics manufacturing industry.  In this capacity, Charlene works with industry member partners, academic institutions and Career Technical Education instructors and teachers to develop and execute programmatic initiatives for the IPC Education Foundation.

Prior to joining IPC Charlene has worked within non-profit for more than 12 years with a focus on cultivating and stewarding existing and new corporate partnerships, building relationships with key donors through corporate fundraising efforts, managing foundation and scholarship funding, and business development of membership driven organizations. She has experience in fundraising and partnership development within the corporate, government, non-profit and higher education spheres on a national and international level. 

She has an MPhil in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (2012), two Bachelor degrees in Professional and Technical Writing (2006) and Journalism (2005) from the University of Pretoria, and a post graduate certificate in Advanced Business Communications (2007) from the University of South Africa.

In her spare time, she explores the world and travels with her husband and their family members. She has been to 25 U.S. States and has visited 28 countries. She enjoys cooking, photography, and interior design.

Aaron Birney

Program Manager

December 10, 2018 — IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces the addition of Aaron Birney as education program manager to its staff at IPC headquarters in Bannockburn (Chicago), Ill.

As IPC’s education program manager, Birney will be responsible for the launch, management, and growth of IPC Student Chapters, IPC’s STEM activities, and other education programs. Birney has three years of experience launching and developing student organizations at the collegiate level for Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. His roles consisted of prospecting, recruitment, on-boarding, and chapter maintenance. Before working in student development, Birney worked in marketing for two startup companies in Toledo, OH. Birney led the marketing and website development for the first year of Peacock Social’s existence, previously housed in the LaunchPad Incubator at the University of Toledo. After this, he worked as Marketing Manager for Arista Home Care, a home healthcare company in Northwest Ohio. Birney resides in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, Ill. He enjoys playing tennis, golf, and hockey, and is an avid Minnesota sports fan.



Partners & Sponsors

Upverter Education makes teaching the next generation of electronic designers easy and hands-on. The free resource can be used in the classroom or virtually, allowing for seamless collaboration with teachers and students--no downloading, no installing. With access to the Upverter design tool and guided, modular courses, Upverter Education is leveling-up STEM education. Go to https://education.upverter.com/ to learn more about Upverter Education.

 Partner and Sponsor Benefits:

  • Acknowledgement opportunities through various platforms, including website presence, blog posts and social media outreach
  • Branding and content exposure through workshops and webinars
  • Named scholarships and awards equipping students for the industry
  • Sponsoring an IPC Student Chapter to enhance your talent pipeline needs
  • Involvement and presence at IPC specific events, receptions & competitions

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