Bowie State University last week announced new partnerships with local government in support of its Education Innovation Initiative, a college pipeline program designed to create interest and excellence in science, tech and the arts among Prince George’s County’s underserved student populations.
The initiative, supported by Lockheed Martin, will give students access to industry professionals, advanced technology and real-world work scenarios to engage students in college preparation and careers in cyber security, data analytics, and cloud computing. Officials call the initiative groundbreaking in advancing minority achievement in S.T.E.M. fields.
“The Education Innovation Initiative will enhance Bowie State University’s ability to recruit, retain and graduate more students to excel in the workforce of tomorrow,” said BSU President Mickey L. Burnim. “This new partnership with the Prince George’s County government and school system will also strengthen our ability to reach minority and female students to help close the achievement gap.”
Bowie State alumnus and Lockheed Martin Program Manager Traviss Green is a key organizer and supporter of the EI2 initiative.
“It has been an honor for me to work with my alma mater Bowie State University to develop the Education Innovation Initiative (EI2), which powerfully connects industry, academia and local government to inspire and generate the workforce of tomorrow through career pathways in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) for students of all ages.
This program extends Lockheed Martin’s commitment to STEM/STEAM education throughout the nation, and, more specifically, in Prince George’s County, Md. I look forward to drawing upon Lockheed Martin’s vast experience in cloud, cyber security, mobility and big data to engage the students in ‘real world’ work experience to ultimately produce ‘next-generation results.'”
According to a release, the program with county schools will allow 11th and 12th graders to compete to work Bowie State student mentors, and with engineers, scientists and other professionals from Lockheed Martin.