Survey Reveals 48 Top Supporters of HBCU Engineering Schools

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BALTIMORE

A second annual survey conducted by Career Communications Group Inc. (CCG) has found that 48 companies and government agencies are considered most supportive of historically Black engineering schools.

CCG asked the deans of the 3.0 ABET-accredited, historically Black college and university (HBCU) engineering programs; the dean of engineering of historically Black Jackson State University; and the corporate academic alliance Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering (AIME) to list five corporate or government sponsors they feel contribute the most to the institutional mission of Black engineering schools.

According to Tyrone D. Taborn, CCG's founder and chief executive officer, "This ranking reflects the perception the deans and the AIME have of the total effort of support these HBCU engineering schools receive. The organizations they have named have moved beyond their traditional comfort levels by supporting HBCUs. They see these schools as more than a place to recruit employees. These 48 companies and agencies are doing things above and beyond their traditional business-university relationship."

Eight of 12 survey respondents ranked Lockheed Martin Corp. as a top supporter, followed by The Boeing Co. General Motors Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. finished third with five nominations each. Two companies were named by four respondents: Ford Motor Co. …