News: Army team interacts with STEM students at the National Society of Black Engineers Convention
Story by Mark Rankin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Army representatives networked with many college students at the 40th annual National Society of Black Engineers Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., March 26 - March 30, 2014.
The National Society of Black Engineers is one of the leading organizations governed by students in the United States. Nearly 300,000 members strong, it is a non-profit organization founded in 1975.
“We have representatives from the Corps of Engineers, West Point Military Academy, ROTC, and Army recruiters talking about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics career opportunities within the Army,” said Lt. Col. Kenric Smith, professor of military science and ROTC instructor at Vanderbilt University.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity, Carol Haynes was bombarded with engineering and STEM questions about engineering jobs, and mapping paths for future jobs with the Corps.
“The Corps is based around engineering and still remains focused on promoting educational and career opportunities for people within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” said Haynes.
Haynes has been involved with the STEM program in the Nashville District for 15 years and has worked with elementary, high school and college students in programs specifically tailored on engineering opportunities developed from STEM educators.
“These young people are future Corps employees and leaders in our communities,” said Haynes. “We must continue to recognize their potential, provide information on STEM and show them the path to employment because we need their expertise in the Corps,” she added.
The Army’s participation at the NSBE convention reflected its substantial commitment to supporting STEM education through college to find the best leaders, soldiers and engineers for the Army.
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