By By Hank Heusinkveld
On January 31, officials from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District formally signed a partnership agreement for the encouragement and enhancement of studies in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative.
This partnership agreement between the Wilmington District and N.C. A&T was established to recognize the importance of STEM to the future political and economic well-being of the Nation, the importance of N.C. A&T to the business, industrial, and governmental institutions in this region, as well as the overall USACE objective to attract a highly competent and diverse STEM workforce by increasing the diversity talent pool through the use of formal partnerships with Minority-Serving Institutions and/or Engineering Colleges and Universities.
“In particular, this agreement makes available to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff to assist in the development of STEM courses, and to teach special subjects within STEM,” said Dr. Greg Williams, Wilmington District Chief of Engineering section. “In addition, this will provide students with real-world applications of STEM.”
Williams said that the Corps of Engineers will also strive to participate in N.C. A&T career fairs, provide project site-visit opportunities and serve as N.C. A&T's "one door to the Corps of Engineers."