More than 50 Virginia Tech students have been invited to take part in the 2006 GE/VT Student Leadership Conference (SLC) to be held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center on Feb. 10 and 11. Sponsored by General Electric, the event is designed to help young Virginia Tech students acquire and polish their leadership skills in preparation for joining the workforce. Students of engineering, business, and computer science – including six graduate students – will take part in this year’s conference.

This marks the thirteenth year that General Electric has hosted the SLC for Virginia Tech – the only university for whom the company sponsors an annual leadership conference. In addition to developing leadership skills of those in attendance, General Electric’s considerable investment in the program has made it a stepping-stone for many Virginia Tech students for internships, co-op positions, and full-time employment with GE.

GE has a long history of innovation dating back to 1879 when Thomas Edison made the world a brighter place through his invention of the light bulb. Edison established Edison Electric Light Company in 1878, and in 1892, a merger of Edison General Electric Company and Thomson-Houston Electric Company created General Electric Company. Since then, GE has grown as a company that has impacted the industries of power generation, flight, and medicine.