Survey Reveals 48 Top Supporters of HBCU Engineering Schools BALTIMORE
Asecond annual survey conducted by Career Communications Group Inc. (CCG) has found that 48 companies and government agencies are considered most supportive of historically Black engineering schools.
CCG asked the deans of the 10 ABET-accredited, historically Black college and university (HBCU) engineering programs; the dean of engineering of historically Black Jackson State University; and the corporate academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AIME) to list five corporate or government sponsors they feel contribute the most to the institutional mission of Black engineering schools.
According to Tyrone D. Taborn, CCG’s founder and chief executive officer, “This ranking reflects the perception the deans and the AIME have of the total effort of support these HBCU engineering schools receive. The organizations they have named have moved beyond their traditional comfort levels by supporting HBCUs. They see these schools as more than a place to recruit employees. These 48 companies and agencies are doing things above and beyond their traditional business-university relationship.”
Eight of 12 survey respondents ranked Lockheed Martin Corp. as a top supporter, followed by The Boeing Co. General Motors Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. finished third with five nominations each. Two companies were named by four respondents: Ford Motor Co. and Raytheon Co. This year three organizations received three mentions: NASA, United Technologies Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., Sprint, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The following organizations each received one mention: 3M Co., Abbot Laboratories, Battelle Memorial Institute, ConcocoPhillips Co., Corning Inc., Dominion Resources Inc., The Dow Chemical Co., EDS, Eli Lilly and Co., Exxon Mobil Corp., General Dynamics Corp., General Electric Co., The Gillette Co., IBM Corp., Integrated Management Services Inc., KWAME Building Group Inc., Medtronic Inc., Merck & Co. Inc., Mississippi Department of Transportation, Motorola Inc., National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Procter & Gamble, Progress Energy, Severn Trent Services, Southern Co., Texas Instruments Inc., Union Pacific Corp., U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy and Verizon.
“This list is important because … HBCUs graduate more than one-third of the Black students who receive engineering degrees in the U.S. each year, but corporate and government execs naturally tend to support the college they came from. If you don’t have HBCU graduates in your executive ranks, you don’t think about HBCUs,” said CCG’s Taborn.
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