SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic partners with Allen University to create opportunities for minority students.
Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic Commanding Officer Capt. Bruce Urbon signed an agreement recently with Allen University to help foster growth in science, technology, engineering and math education and train the next generation of nuclear security professionals.
“Let’s get this pipeline built and let’s open that valve wide open,” said Urbon while signing the agreement. In a Columbia, S.C., ceremony held Oct. 27 and attended by the Honorable James Clyburn, U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 6th congressional district, Urbon also spoke to students who will be a part of the program.
This agreement is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Pipeline Project. NNSA’s Pipeline Project includes scholarships, mentoring programs, research opportunities, teacher training and outreach to middle and high school students and educators. Current participants include Allen University, which acts as the lead institution, S.C. State University, Voorhees College and Claflin University. The goal of the program is for students from all four universities to participate in summer internship programs at research laboratories across the U.S.; at University research labs; at DoD and government laboratories; at USDOE facilities in order to provide exposure to the opportunities available in these career fields.
This is one of many partnerships SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic has initiated as part of its outreach program that is designed to inspire, develop and attract the STEM talent essential to deliver innovative solutions for the nation’s and SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic’s current and future challenges.
In addition to formal educational partnership agreements with three school districts and the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, the center also has partnerships with The Citadel, Clemson University, East Carolina University and the University of New Orleans to perform cooperative and mutually beneficial research and development. These relationships also introduce students to the employment opportunities available at SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and ensure that there is a pool of STEM talent available in the future.