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➽ At each stop throughout his career

Tiger has made a significant
personal effort to reach out to local
tribes to both connect them to GM
and to encourage the young people
to pursue a STEM path.
recent position in western New
York is his fifth different GM
plant and the second where
Tiger has been a plant
manager. It's a journey that
still amazes Tiger, who was the
first in his family to graduate
from college. "With my career
at GM, I've been able to go to
Japan and Italy and Germany
and all over the U.S.," he says.
"So many times I've been to
places that I remember reading
about in books, never
dreaming I'd ever be there."
Even though his education
and career have taken him far
from his youth in Florida,
Tiger has never forgotten his
roots. At each stop throughout
his career Tiger has made a
significant personal effort to
reach out to local tribes to both
connect them to GM and to
encourage the young people to
pursue a STEM path.
His current post in
Lockport is no exception, and
Tiger has invited many
students to visit the plant. "We
bring them to the plant and
show them that if they like
math and science, here's what
engineers do. They meet them
and go out on the floor,"
explains Tiger, who notes that
he always tries to link Native
students with Native workers
to help strengthen the
connection and meaning of the
visit. "If they're not inclined
toward engineering, we also
show them how math and
science apply if you want to be
an operator or enter the skilled
trades," he says.
Even Native students who
don't live in western New York
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have benefited from Tiger's
efforts to expand opportunity.
With help from the GM
Foundation, AISES, and other
companies, Tiger has helped
jump-start robotics programs
at about a dozen schools
around the country. This
initiative has enabled schools
to offer valuable education and
training to their students, and
the robotics program has been
the basis for an annual
competition that gives Native
students the chance to
demonstrate their new skills.
In some ways, Tiger's
motivation to help Native
students is the result of his own
experience pursuing an
education - an experience
that took him away from home
for the first time and saw the
previously stellar student
struggling. "I was failing in
calculus and chemistry, which
are both kind of important if
you want to be an engineer," he
says. "I had never failed a class
in my life and didn't know
what hit me."
But Tiger got help from his
professors and persevered until
everything started to click. It's a
lesson he wants young people
to remember because he knows
firsthand just how badly
companies like GM want to
hire them. "All companies want
to recruit and retain more
minority engineers," he says. "I
want students to understand
that when you do stick with it
and graduate, there are a lot of
opportunities on the other
side. The fact of the matter is
that you are a precious
commodity."
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