In addition to being an important piece of Black history, HBCUs play a critical role in producing high-achieving talent across a number of industries, including aerospace and engineering. In fact, 25% of Black Americans who earn degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields are HBCU graduates.
With the need for more diverse candidates across the industry, Collins Aerospace is investing time and money into introducing HBCU students to new career paths, networking opportunities and quality resources to help produce future aerospace leaders.
- At Howard University, Collins is one of the sponsors for the 21st Century Advantage Program – or 21CAP – which is a business orientation class for first-year and transfer students. Participants are given direct access to Collins mentors as they embark on resume-building activities, business case competitions and other challenges that better prepare them for corporate careers.
- At NC A&T University, Collins has committed $100,000 to help build a new engineering, research and innovation complex. The company has also committed to funding key research projects and helping shape the curriculum to better support students and position itself as an employer of choice for future graduates.
Although supporting such programs allows Collins to create and support a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, it also gives alumni like Marie a chance to give back to their alma mater.
“I tell my students all the time that there were a lot of people that invested in me along the way that I didn’t see or meet,” said Marie, who completed the 21CAP program as a student. “It’s important to give back and help the next generation. You never know where it will take them!”