May 17, 2011

UTC Contributes $100,000 to Expand INROADS Outreach Initiative

United Technologies Corp.(NYSE: UTX) is donating $100,000 to INROADS, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of paid internships for talented, underserved students of diverse backgrounds, to support new mentorship programs for high school and college students.

UTC announced the contribution Wednesday during an INROADS New England Region Alumni event.  The contribution strengthens UTC’s 25-year partnership with INROADS and demonstrates the company’s continuous commitment to attracting the best and brightest employees.

“Innovation is critical to UTC’s success in a competitive global economy,” said J. Thomas Bowler Jr., UTC Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organization. “INROADS is an important pipeline of high-performing employees with diverse perspectives who become catalysts for creative product and process solutions across our businesses. ”

INROADS Interns receive on-going coaching and training by a corporate mentor and INROADS Alumni, access to tutoring, and most importantly, a unique skills development plan designed to increase the Intern's soft skills and overall understanding of how to become a high-performer.

UTC was the top provider of INROADS internshipsfor the last four years. Since 1986, UTC has provided more than 2,500 internships to students.

“The tremendous scale of UTC’s ongoing and growing commitment to INROADS creates significant opportunities for mentoring, training and development of talented students,helping them to become leaders in both industry and the community,” said Forest T. Harper, Jr., INROADS President and CEO. “We truly appreciate this major contribution of $100,000.  This sets the pace for other corporations in our “Leadership! Campaign,” creates important opportunities for diverse students of all backgrounds, and further demonstrates a vision shared by United Technologies and INROADS that advancing diversity/inclusion fuels corporate innovation. ”