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US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine Names NACME a Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine
Names NACME a Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

 

White Plains. N.Y.US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine has designated the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) as one of the 2015 Top Supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Engineering Programs. NACME was chosen for the coveted award by a panel comprised of the deans of 15 university level engineering programs and the corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE). 

“The ‘Top Supporter’ distinction has grown in prestige over 13 years and comes directly from the results of a survey by our magazine,” said US Black Engineer and Information Technology (USBE&IT) publisher Tyrone D. Taborn. “NACME has not only supported HBCU’s with block grants for scholarships, but has been instrumental in supporting HBCU students during their studies and providing professional development after they graduate.” 

In total, twenty ‘Top Supporter’ Awards are given in each of two categories: ‘Top 10 Corporations’ and ‘Top 10 Government and Nonprofit Supporters’. 

Of NACME’s 51 Partner Institutions, six are Historically Black Colleges and Universities including Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Tuskegee University, Prairie View A&M University, and Morgan State University. 

“NACME is proud to be recognized for our support of HBCU Engineering Colleges” said NACME President and CEO Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “Although HBCU’s represent only three percent of all U.S. higher education institutions, 8.5 percent of African American undergraduates attended these institutions in 2012, and they awarded 16.7 percent of all bachelor’s degrees to African Americans that year. Together, NACME and our HBCU Engineering Colleges are building an engineering workforce that looks like America.”

 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. 

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org 

About US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine: US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine provides technology news and information about STEM, multicultural entrepreneurs, engineers, education, Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), and historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) from multicultural communities in US, UK, Caribbean, and Africa. 

 

 

 

Significant AT&T Contribution Benefits 10 Academies of Engineering Nationwide

 

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Fostering Dynamic Careers in Engineering for Young People

Significant AT&T Contribution Benefits 10 Academies of Engineering Nationwide

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) has announced a $300,000 contribution from AT&T to cover two years of activities, of which $100,000 will go to support 10 Academies of Engineering (AOEs), a National Academy Foundation (NAF) network of career-themed academies, across the country. AT&T is a founding partner of NACME, having served on NACME’s Board of Directors since its inception in 1974.

The contribution was presented today to NACME during a special event at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture (CTEA) in Ozone Park, NY. Sponsor representatives and members of the media toured classrooms and saw exciting student presentations of robotics and other engineering projects.

AT&T has contributed more than $6.6 million to NACME since 1984.

The AOEs, aim to educate high school students in the principles of engineering, and provide content in the fields of electronics, biotech, aerospace, civil engineering, and architecture. The AOEs were founded as a three-way partnership between NACME, NAF, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). As of the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 109 AOEs nationwide.

The 10 AOEs receiving AT&T support were selected by NACME based on their commitment to enhance learning for underrepresented minority students on the pathway to higher education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

The funding will enable teachers to conduct hands on learning in the classroom through purchase of Project Lead the Way curriculum and supplies. Students will also be eligible for a range of resources available through NACME, including scholarships and supplementary engineering awareness and career preparatory materials.

“AT&T is a national leader in technology, innovation, and philanthropy,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of NACME. “Our Academies of Engineering are incubators, which serve to nurture promising students at the crucial phase when they are preparing for college and deciding on a career path. This ongoing support from AT&T will continue to ensure student success stories.”

This contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million commitment to education. Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is one of the largest-ever corporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness.

As part of AT&T’s $150,000 contribution from last year, fivegraduating seniors from the selected AOE schools received a one-time, $2,500 scholarship toward their first-year in college. These dynamic students are in their first-year now and have stated they will be entering engineering and technical fields including, chemical engineering, computer science, petroleum engineering, and civil engineering.

“AT&T’s commitment to pre-engineering programs for underrepresented minority students, like the High School for CTEA, helps to ensure that America maintains its pre-eminence in scientific and technological innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T New York. “AT&T’s collaboration with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering further enhances our commitment to providing resources for STEM related initiatives that will result in the success of our future workforce.”

Academies of Engineering that received support through the AT&T grant included:

  • A.J. Moore High Academy at University High School, Waco, TX
  • Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI
  • High School for Construction Trades Engineering and Architecture, Ozone Park, NY
  • Galt High School, Galt, CA
  • Hialeah Gardens High School, Hialeah Gardens, FL
  • Maynard Holbrook Jackson Small Learning Communities High School, Atlanta, GA
  • Northeast Academy High School, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Ruskin Senior High School, Kansas City, MO
  • Scotlandville Magnate High School, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Zebulon B. Vance High School, Charlotte, NC

“The students and faculty of the High School for CTEA are indebted to AT&T for their continuing support by extending another Aspire Grant to us this year,” adds Steven Wynn, Assistant Principal, High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture. “As in years’ past, these funds are used to enhance the engineering curriculum by offering students hands-on experiences that bring learning to life. This year students are creating two functioning robotic systems using their knowledge of the design process and principles of engineering, skills that will empower their understanding and increase their career potential as we move further into the 21st Century.”

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(L-R) Lakeisha Gordon, Principal CTEA; Ed Bergstraesser, Director, External Affairs, AT&T;  Elizabeth Ross, Chief Development Officer, NACME; and Steven Wynn (Photo: Todd Boebel)

 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org


About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.

 

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NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the New Jersey Institute of Technology

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NACME President and CEO to Deliver Commencement Address at the
New Jersey Institute of Technology

 

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME) has announced that Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President and CEO of NACME, will present the 2015 Commencement Address to 2,800 graduates of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The commencement ceremony will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday, May 19. During the ceremony, Dr. McPhail will also be receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

“NJIT’s class of 2015 includes torch bearers and trail blazers,” says Dr. McPhail. “There are African American, American Indian, and Latino students who have chosen to enter fields such as engineering, where people of their backgrounds have been traditionally underrepresented. And many members of the class of 2015 are the first in their families to go to college. It is an especially exciting time to be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions. With the stellar education they have received at NJIT, each of these graduates has a promising career ahead.”  

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is one of 51 NACME Partner Institutions. NACME Partner Institutions collaborate to increase the retention to graduation rates of all underrepresented minority students, those who are Africa American, American Indian, and Latino. NACME requires partner institution engineering programs, that receive funding through NACME, ensure that there is a retention to graduation rate of 80 percent for underrepresented minorities and that NACME Scholars, students in these colleges who receive scholarships and support through NACME, maintain a 3.3 grade point average.

The partner institutions benefit from participation in NACME’s annual continuum meeting, where best and promising practices are shared on college recruitment, retention, and graduation. NACME awards block grants to partner institutions for them to select NACME Scholars and, in return, asks those universities to promote a campus environment that embraces diversity with equity and provides encouragement and support for underrepresented minority engineering students. “By awarding honorary degrees, NJIT recognizes individuals whose accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide inspiration to our graduates and, in honouring these individuals the university is honoured as well,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “Throughout his career, Dr. McPhail has advocated for increasing opportunities and improving performance for underrepresented minority students in STEM studies. His outstanding leadership as the president and CEO of NACME will provide inspiration to all NJIT graduates.”

During the commencement ceremony, NJIT will also confer an honorary Doctor of Science on Charles Elachi, Ph.D., director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Vice President of the California Institute of Technology.

 

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 Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail

 

NJIT Commencement

NJIT Commencement at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, 2014

 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

About the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT): One of the nation’s leading public polytechnic universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $106 million, and is among the top one percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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